Philip Davies, men’s rights activist and MP for Shipley, has been re-elected to the Women and Equalities Committee – despite opposing equality for women and the LGBTQ community.
Davies’ infuriating voting record shows that he has consistently voted against same sex marriage, and has previously attempted to block a bill which would give more protections to survivors of domestic violence. He once claimed men are a “vulnerable minority” and has given speeches to the fiercely anti-feminist Justice for Men and Boys Party. Here is a longer list of things Philip Davies has said, which stand in direct opposition of the Women and Equalities Committee’s role.
The Shipley MP first took on the role in December 2016, when he was elected to the committee by his peers. At the time, leader of the Green Party Caroline Lucas, said, “Philip Davies doesn’t even think that the Women and Equalities Committee should exist, yet he’s about to join it, perhaps giving him a chance to rethink his views." In his own view, Davies’ position in the committee is to make sure the “silent sex” (men) are heard in the fight for gender equality.
In his own view, Davies’ position in the committee is to make sure the 'silent sex' (men) are heard in the fight for gender equality
The new members of the Women’s and Equalities Committee were announced in a tweet, after being nominated for the roles by their respective parties. Also returning to their seats are Jess Phillips, Gavin Shuker, Tulip Siddiq, and Angela Crawley, while Rosie Duffield, Kirstene Angus and Jared O’Mara join to fill empty spaces.
Davies’ re-appointment came at the same time as the announcement of the new the Science and Technology Committee, made up entirely of men. Chair and Lib Dem MP Norman Lamb has branded the lack of women on his committee “unacceptable” and says it will struggle to function without equality.
MP Jess Phillips has recently called for a review into the way committee members are elected, after it emerged that just 23 per cent of candidates were women.