Far-fetched Tory leadership race turns into pathetic anti-trans, gender-critical row
Rishi Sunak, former Chancellor of the Exchequer, would launch a “manifesto for women‘s rights”. (Hollie Adams/Getty Images)
Britain’s Conservative leadership race has already been squashed over trans rights after Rishi Sunak pledged to ‘protect women’s rights’.
Sunak, who resigned as Chancellor of the Exchequer in a fatal blow to the leadership of Boris Johnson, entered the race to be the next leader of the Conservative Party and Prime Minister on Friday July 8.
Quickly becoming a favorite with bookies, Sunak’s campaign is already becoming exactly what LGBTQ+ people have been expecting – an excuse to strike.
In one of his first political engagements, the man who was once Britain’s top finance official will choose not to focus on the current cost of living crisis. No, he would have waded into the Conservative Party’s culture war over trans rights, a tactic that didn’t exactly go down well with voters.
An “ally” of Sunak told the Mail on Sunday the MP for Richmond would reverse ‘recent trends of erasing women via the use of awkward, non-sexist language’ and said ‘we need to be able to call a mother a mother and talk about breastfeeding’.
They added: ‘He thinks we need to be able to call a mother a mother and talk about breastfeeding, alongside trans inclusive language where necessary.’
He will launch what the source called a ‘women’s rights manifesto’ which will include a pledge to ban trans women from women’s sports on grounds of ‘fairness’ and urge schools to be ‘more careful’ about how which LGBTQ+ topics are taught.
“Under his leadership, sex education will be sensitive and age-appropriate, so we are enabling children to have a childhood. He also recognizes that women still bear a disproportionate burden of family life, so he will re-examine the care for children and ensure that public services are family-friendly.
It comes after Sunak’s successor Nadhim Zahawi raised fears of a return to Section 28 despite pledging in his leadership bid to protect children from “inappropriate nonsense”.
Touching on a Britain still reeling from the death of Sarah Everard, Sunak will also put in place increased protections for women.
“He wants to make sure that women and girls enjoy the same freedom that most men take for granted by feeling safe from assault and abuse. It also plans to increase support for female victims of domestic violence, with tougher measures to deal with perpetrators,” the source said.
Rishi Sunak’s campaign already focusing on trans rights prompted International Trade Minister Penny Mordaunt to make her position crystal clear as she participated in the leadership race.
The former Minister for Women and Equality has embarked on a 10-part Twitter feed about how she hasn’t “woke up” and has long been worried about “trans orthodoxy.”
She tweeted: “Some people who were born male and went through the gender recognition process are also legally female. This does NOT mean that they are biological women, like me.
Mordaunt detailed her years-long involvement in campaigns for gender equality, referring to her “real and genuine concerns” about the “volume of girls being referred to trans services”.
On sport, she praised UK Sport for taking a ‘science-based approach’ in its 2021 guidance on trans eligibility. The sports panel has warned sports regulators that trans inclusion and ‘fairness’ cannot be balanced – experts, however, would disagree.
Sharron Davies and Daley Thompson, two Olympians who have spoken out against trans people participating in women’s sports, also received shoutouts from Mordaunt.
“Biology is extremely important,” Mordaunt said, adding that gender-neutral language in maternity care that is inclusive for trans and non-binary people is something she has opposed.
The thread was a response to comments from the Conservatives for Women, a pressure group that opposes ‘gender politics’, published by the Daily mail that Mordaunt is a “committed warrior for the trans lobby”.
“Some want to damage my reputation for whatever reason. They want to portray me as ‘woke,'” Mordaunt said in response.
Mordaunt’s Thread was a dizzying U-turn from only a few months ago. In March, as Mordaunt spoke of amending a ministerial maternity pay bill, she took to the House of Commons dispatch box to say: ‘Trans men are men and women trans are women.”
PinkNews has reached out to Rishi Sunak for comment.