Trans Row continues to plague Penny Mordaunt’s application for a top job as she is accused of changing her views to gain support
- Mordaunt said Westminster knotted over the Trans Row issue
- She once called for “complete solidarity” with the transgender community
- But asked yesterday, she went back to saying that trans women are women
Miss Mordaunt said Westminster had “snapped up” on the issue – while being accused of changing her views to win support.
As it turns out, Miss Mordaunt once called for “complete solidarity” with the transgender Community – now comment on this with their stance.
Asked yesterday if trans women are women – as she has previously said – she said: “Some people who are born male go through one process to transition into another gender and they will be issued with a legal document in their new gender. They are not biological women like me, but the law recognizes them in their new gender and that is very easy and straightforward. And Westminster knots over it.’
The trans row continued to follow Penny Mordaunt’s leadership campaign yesterday as she dismissed criticism of her “awakened” views by insisting her position was “simple and straightforward”.
When asked if trans women can legally be women, she said, “Legally, but not biologically. And in that respect we are not equal. People should look at my notes on this. For example, I raised the issue of trans people competing against women in sports many years ago.”
What she said then… compared to what she says now
‘Trans women are women’ – Interview with the PinkNews website in 2018
“Trans men are men and trans women are women” – House of Commons speech in March 2021
“Some people who were born male and have gone through the process of gender reassignment are also legally women. This does NOT mean they are biological females like me’ – Tweet on Sunday
“I think it was Margaret Thatcher who said, ‘Every Prime Minister needs a Willie’. A woman like me has none’ – At her campaign launch on Wednesday, alluding to Margaret Thatcher’s tribute to her right-hand man, Willie Whitelaw
Miss Mordaunt suggested the issue was being used against her, adding: “It has no impact on my election campaign and it has no impact on my general election campaign. And I think the reason for that is that people recognize it for what it is. I understand why people are trying to prevent me from getting into the last two, but I will continue to focus on the things that are important to the public and the people we serve here.
The Trade Secretary was also asked about her brother’s views on the Conservative Party’s relationship with the LGBTQ community. James Mordaunt has claimed the Tories are ‘competent’ in hating the community. Miss Mordaunt said: ‘I am a Conservative in a small State. The government shouldn’t be telling pubs and clubs what their toilet policy is. We should focus on the big issues that are worrying, and in some cases frightening, the public.”
It emerged yesterday that Miss Mordaunt had said she was “completely in solidarity with the trans community” when she was responsible for women and equality in 2018.
She has been criticized for an apparent change in attitude after declaring in recent days that trans women are not biological women. She had previously insisted on the mail box in Parliament that trans women were women. Former contender for the leadership Suella Braverman has accused the trade secretary of refusing to “stand up for women”. She alleged that Miss Mordaunt refused to use the words ‘wife’ and ‘mother’ in laws allowing her to take maternity leave from her role as Attorney General.
It came as scientists raised concerns that Miss Mordaunt is an enthusiastic supporter of the ‘wrong’ treatment of homeopathy in the NHS. Proponents of the so-called cure claim it can cure diseases with highly diluted substances – but its critics deride it as quackery and a belief in “magic water”.
Michael Marshall of the science-friendly charity Good Thinking Society said: “It is worrying to believe that a leading contender for the highest office is so misjudged about the importance of evidence related to public health and science, and that she feels confident about publicly opposing it to ask the conclusions of medical experts.’