Penny Mordaunt, a Conservative MP and Leader of the House of Commons, has spoken out against so-called “culture wars” and the vilification of transgender people.
During an appearance on the BBC’s ‘Political Thinking with Nick Robinson’ podcast, Mordaunt was asked about the “deep electoral hole” the Tories are in and whether or not she thinks the “way to get out of it is to be anti-woke” as others do. “I think part of our role is to bring people together, we are more effective as a nation, or as a community, when we’re taking care of each other, when we’re pulling together and when we’re protecting each other’s rights,” she told the host. “That’s what makes us a great nation and when we’re at our best is when we’re living those values and we’re inspiring others to follow those values.
And so, I think the world is a dangerous and an uncertain place and we’ve got enough things to worry about than starting spats on Twitter and so forth, or culture wars. “There are serious and complex social issues, but actually, when the public have been left to get on with these things themselves, they develop solutions, they develop norms and actually, most people in this country care about other people and their ability to lead their lives and, so, that’s always the view I’ve taken and I think that’s one reason why I’m in politics.” READ MORE: Ranking reveals the best and worst places to be LGBTQ+ in Europe Robinson then referenced the “heavy price” Mordaunt has paid for expressing her support for the LGBTQ+ community so openly.
He specifically mentioned the UK’s right wing media outlets routinely running pieces about such issues when she ran to be leader of the Conservative Party last year. “I think people will conflate all sorts of