The Mayor of London has given his full support to headteachers across the London Borough of Redbridge to provide pupils lessons on LGBTQ+ relationships.

Sadiq Khan said he is reiterating his backing for the teaching of healthy relationships of all kinds and warns that intolerance and discrimination have no place in London.

Mr Khan wrote to the education secretary in August to back the lessons on LGBTQ+ inclusive relationships education in both primary and secondary schools.

In his letter, the mayor emphasises the need for children to feel safe and included while learning, no matter what a person identifies themselves.

Recent research showed that young LGBTQ+ people are more likely to experience mental health issues, self-harm and homelessness.

The letter by Mr Khan said: "Our schools must be places where all children feel safe and included, regardless of their gender identity and sexual orientation or that of their families.

"Young people should be able to learn about healthy relationships of all kinds, and that includes LGBTQ+ relationships.

"I am proud to be mayor of a city that embraces differences and celebrates diversity.

"Bigotry, intolerance and discrimination have no place in London.

"This is why you have my total and full support as you equip students to make safe and informed decisions, show that LGBTQ+ relationships are part of everyday life, and ensure that all young Londoners can feel proud of who they are."

The mayor also congratulated schools for their hard work despite the government's cuts and calls on them to continue tackling violence and hate crime.