The Prime Minister was heard joking about “women having penises”


In a video leaked to PinkNews on 18 June, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak was heard joking about trans women and mocking Lib Dem leader Ed Davey for supporting trans rights. This footage was taken from a party with the 1922 Committee – a group of Conservatives who meet weekly. 

“You might have noticed Ed Davey has been very busy,” Rishi said. “Like me, you can probably see that he was trying to convince everybody that women clearly had penises. You’ll all know that I’m a big fan of everybody studying maths to 18, but it turns out that we need to focus on biology.”

Ed Davey has been a vocal supporter of trans rights, and in his LGBTQIA History Month message earlier this year he said: “Liberal Democrats will keep standing up for trans rights – whether it’s opposing Conservative assaults like this or ensuring they do ban conversion therapy as they promised, without further delay.”

The leaked video has created outrage among MPs, with Kate Osborne, the Labour MP for Jarrow, tweeting: “It is disgusting that in public and private Rishi Sunak is escalating his culture war – throwing trans people under the bus to distract from the Tory-made cost of living crisis. Using trans women as a punchline is a new low for this awful prime minister.”

The Stonewall charity has called upon the Prime minister to make a public apology. The charity’s CEO, Nancy Kelley, told PinkNews: “No minority community should be the butt of a joke. It is incredibly disappointing that the prime minister chose to mock trans people in front of his parliamentary colleagues.” 

After this footage was released, further government policy guidance was leaked to The Sun which suggested that Rishi’s government was planning on making it impossible for children to transition at school without parental consent. This would force trans children to be outed to their parents.

Rishi Sunak is yet to comment on the video publicly. 

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