'Vested interests' present obstacle to mixed education…

FORMER Secretary of State Mo Mowlam has accused political parties and churches of having “vested interests” in holding back integrated education in Northern Ireland.

Mowlam told PA: “Although the churches and political parties paid lip service to integrated education they are not that keen to move further down the road because without integrated education they have a ready made church population in church schools and the parties have ready made party supporters in the schools too.

“I think it is really important that integrated education is there to stop these vested interests getting their way.”

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