Brianna Ghey’s father has slammed Rishi Sunak following a remark made in the House of Commons today during Prime Minister Questions – but his office called it a “legitimate” criticism of Sir Keir Starmer
Brianna Ghey’s father has demanded Rishi Sunak apologise after the Prime Minister made a disparaging remark about transgender people.
During his weekly showdown with MPs and the leader of the opposition in the House of Commons, Mr Sunak said: said: “We are bringing the waiting lists down for the longest waiters and making progress, but it is a bit rich to hear about promises from someone who has broken every single promise he was elected on.
“I think I have counted almost 30 in the last year. Pensions, planning, peerages, public sector pay, tuition fees, childcare, second referendums, defining a woman – although in fairness that was only 99% of a U-turn.”
The dad of murdered trans girl Brianna, Peter Spooner, said Mr Sunak’s remarks during PMQs, which the girl’s mother Esther Ghey attended, were “degrading” and “absolutely dehumanising”. Mr Spooner said: “As the prime minister for our country to come out with degrading comments like he did, regardless of them being in relation to discussions in parliament, they are absolutely dehumanising.
“Identities of people should not be used in that manner, and I personally feel shocked by his comments and feel he should apologise for his remarks.”
And the dad told Sky News the PM should “apologise for his remarks”, regardless of them “being in relation to discussions in Parliament”. Campaigners also accused Mr Sunak of being “callous” as he refused to apologise and Downing Street insisted his remarks were “legitimate”.
At a briefing for journalists, No10 six times refused to apologise. Mr Sunak’s Press Secretary insisted it was “legitimate” to point out Mr Starmer’s “U-turns”. Sir Keir Starmer has previously said that 99.9% of women “haven’t got a penis”.
Ms Ghey is campaigning for new rules on social media for kids following the murder of 16-year-old Brianna and met MPs today. At the beginning of Prime Minister’s Questions, Sir Keir praised her “unwavering bravery” just days after two teenagers were jailed for the murder of her daughter last year.
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