Tory MP Philip Davies says 'women and equalities committee' should be renamed to remove reference to women

The Conservative MP has previously hit out at ‘feminist zealots’

Philip Davies: 'Women and equalities committee' should be renamed to remove reference to women

A Conservative MP who sits on the Women and Equalities Committee has called for the body’s name to be changed to drop any explicit mention of women.

Philip Davies, who has long campaigned against what he calls “feminist zealots”, said the committee should simply be renamed the “Equalities Committee”.

“Every single departmental select committee is named after the department that it scrutinises,” he asked the Government front bench on Thursday morning.

Tory MP Philip Davies opposes honour killing legislation because it 'relates only to female victims'

“I’m on the Justice Select Committee that scrutinises the Ministry of Justice.

“The only exception is the Women and Equalities Committee which shadows the Government Equalities Office.

“Surely this committee should be called the Equalities Committee?

“If he can’t agree to that, can he tell us why women’s issues could not be included in a committee called the Equalities Committee?”

Mr Davis’s question was responded to by the deputy leader of the House of Commons, Michael Ellis.

“As to the name of the select committee of which the honourable gentleman is a valued member I would suggest that what he ought to do perhaps is approach to the chair of that committee and invite the committee chair to write to the leader and the matter will be considered in the normal way,” Mr Ellis said.

Mr Davis was elected unopposed to the Women and Equalities Committee last year.

The MP for Shipley said in August that “feminist zealots” were “stirring up” problems and that a number of women wanted equality but “only when it suits”.

He has campaigned hard for the recognition of International Men’s Day in Parliament, arguing last month that men have lost their voice in the national discourse in recent years.

Last year Mr Davies caused a storm after he said more women should be sent to prison in order to achieve equality with men.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Please enter a valid email
Please enter a valid email
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Please enter your first name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
Please enter your last name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
You must be over 18 years old to register
You must be over 18 years old to register
Opt-out-policy
You can opt-out at any time by signing in to your account to manage your preferences. Each email has a link to unsubscribe.

By clicking ‘Create my account’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies

Comments

Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in