Many have called for the prime minister Rishi Sunak to apologise to the parents of murdered teenager Brianna Ghey following his jibe about transgender people in the Commons.
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is still yet to say sorry to the family of murdered trans teen Brianna Ghey, after making a crass remark in the Commons last week.
Sunak made the jibe at Labour leader Keir Starmer over his stance on ‘defining a woman’ while Brianna’s mother Esther was in Parliament.
The teenager’s furious father, Peter Spooner, later said the PM’s words were ‘degrading’ and ‘absolutely dehumanising’, while Mr Starmer said Rishi lacked the ‘courage’ to say sorry. But so far Mr Sunak has refused to budge, doubling down on the comments and saying it was ‘the worst of politics’ to link them to the trans teenager’s case.
In our poll Should the PM apologise for his remark about transgender people, 1,602 of you voted yes, he should apologise, while 930 voted no – an apology was not necessary.
Mr Starmer said Rishi Sunak had broken the first rule of being Prime Minister – “to make every single citizen feel safe and respected in their own country.”
He said: “I think the core to my politics is respect and dignity for every single individual. It really matters to me whether people are treated properly, whether they are properly respected, and whether their dignity is preserved. That’s hardwired in me.”
He went on: “I just instantly thought of the impact on her, and the lack of respect was incredible in my view.
“I do think that the role of Prime Minister is to make sure that every single citizen, whatever their identity, their race, their background, their views, every single citizen of this country should feel safe and respected in their own country. And he broke that rule. And I was shocked. This is a mother whose daughter was murdered. And in the sentencing remarks amongst the motives, was transphobia. Obviously, it wasn’t the only motive. But the human impact of that sort of behaviour is huge.”
‘A Tory doesn’t know the real meaning of the word sorry’
Our story attracted plenty of comments, here is just a selection of what some of you had to say:
Philip1960: “It was a grossly crass thing to say … It’s the context of what he said, using minorities as a political weapon! He also knew Ms Ghey was in the building, but he still went ahead and made a crass joke. Not only that he laughed at it! What person does that in such a situation?”
Reddest: “You’ll never get Sunak saying sorry. A Tory doesn’t know the real meaning of the word.”
Lettiejp: “Sunak doesn’t care who he upsets.”
Classwarrior: “Sunak was merely stating that Starmer couldn’t make his mind up.”
Ranza1: “Starmer is grabbing at straws.”
Sirtommurphy: “Sunak has nothing to apologise for and Starmer deserves an Oscar for his two-faced statements.”
Dave55: “Sunak’s in the wrong here”.
Justiceofthetruth: “Starmer is right to ask for Sunak to apologise for what he said”.