Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Mothers Turned Away from Playgroup for Being British

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Mothers Turned Away from Playgroup for Being British

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Byline: Peter Dominiczak

TWO mothers were turned away from a council-funded playgroup after being told the group was for immigrant families only.

Emma Knightley, 25, and Kimberley Wildman, 27, attended the Making Links group with their children Imogen, 21 months, and Olivia, 18 months.

They were stunned when organisers in St Neots, Cambridgeshire, demanded to know the country they were from. The best friends were told that only foreign mothers and children were welcome at the playgroup, which they have accused of discrimination.

Shop worker Ms Knightley, from St Neots, booked a place at the playgroup six weeks ago after it was recommended by a mixed-race friend. She said: "The first thing I was asked about was my nationality and when I said I was British I was told we had to leave. She said 'are you not aware this is for foreign people only?'

"I said I knew it was trying to integrate people into the community but didn't realise that meant British people and their children were banned. …

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