Matt Hancock will tell MPs screening for dyslexia is a matter of “economic and social justice” as he addresses the House of Commons for the first time since taking part in a reality TV show controversial.
his former health secretary is back in Congress to debate his Dyslexia Bill after his spell on ITV’s I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! as speculation grows about whether he will be reinstated to Tory’s whip and find a way to stand at the next election.
He is currently sitting as an independent MP for West Suffolk, having been suspended from the Conservative parliamentary party for choosing to travel to the Australian jungle at a time when the House of Commons was sitting.
The MP is expected to tell Parliament that the current approach to dyslexia “must change”.
“It’s not just a matter of morality, it’s also a matter of social and economic justice,” he would say.
While his jungle walk has drawn criticism from colleagues, including Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, Mr Hancock “has no intention of resigning or leaving politics”, according to his team.
Tory MPs have been given until Monday 5 December to declare their intention to run for re-election at the next general election, which is expected to take place in 2024.
A second reading of Mr Hancock’s Teacher Training and Dyslexia Screening Bill came in third on the order paper on Friday, meaning it will likely be heard before the end of the job.
It is a scandal that only one out of every five children with dyslexia is found to have dyslexia. That means 80% of people with dyslexia go on to higher education or enter the world of work without knowing that they have a mental illness, only thinking they read poorly.Matt Hancock
Mr Hancock will tell MPs: “So we precisely screen for physical health conditions to provide support to individuals, so why don’t we also screen for neurological conditions ?
“My bill today would lead to every child being tested for dyslexia in elementary schools and give teachers the right level of training to be able to properly teach dyslexia children. “
He would call it an “indignation” that “while every teacher is a teacher of a child with dyslexia, teachers do not need to be trained to support dyslexia children”.
“This leaves thousands of children with dyslexia left in the classroom without the education they need and deserve.”
“The fact that only 1 in 5 children with dyslexia leaves school is identified with dyslexia. That means 80% of people with dyslexia go on to higher education or enter the world of work without knowing that they have a mental illness, only thinking that they read poorly.”
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As usual, other MPs can join the debate and representatives of both the Government and the Opposition will have their say.
Some may take the opportunity to delve into Mr Hancock’s TV escapes as it will be the first opportunity for them to present their views directly to him in the House of Commons.
The former cabinet minister last spoke in the Commons on October 17, when he welcomed the “return of heavy fiscal responsibility” and asked Prime Minister Jeremy Hunt whether OBR projections showed debt under national income rate or not.
Mr Hancock, who was diagnosed with dyslexia in college, has vowed to use the “incredible platform” provided by I’m a Celebrity to raise awareness about dyslexia.
Recalling his school days in the woods, he said that he “wanted to learn” but had difficulty with English.
He said the moment his dyslexia was identified, he realized “his brain works differently” and that he was able to “work it out”.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/matt-hancock-to-call-for-dyslexia-screening-on-commons-return-after-jungle-jaunt-42189397.html Matt Hancock calls for dyslexia screening as Commons returns from jungle walk