“Anti-feminist” MP Philip Davies has been elected to the Commons Women and Equalities Committee.
The MP for Shipley, Davies, was elected to join the Conservative committee after another member joined the government.
In August Davies came under fire for claiming that “feminist zealots” were “stirring up” problems. It was reported at the time that Davies claimed a number of women wanted equality but “only when it suits”.
Davies claimed that “feminist zealots” exaggerate gender inequalities in the UK, which Leader of The Women’s Equality Party (WEP) Sophie Walker said “was staggering to hear”.
The Tory MP said at the International Conference on Men’s Issues, organised by Justice 4 Men and Boys: “In this day and age the feminist zealots really do want women to have their cake and eat it. They fight for their version of equality on all the things that suit women – but are very quick to point out that women need special protections and treatment on other things.”
“I don’t believe there’s an issue between men and women. The problem is being stirred up by those who can be described as militant feminists and the politically correct males who pander to this nonsense.”
He added: “It seems to me that this has led to an ‘equality but only when it suits’ agenda that applies to women. The drive for women to have so-called equality on all the things that suit the politically correct agenda but not other things that don’t is of increasing concern to me.”
“For example, we hear plenty about increasing the numbers of women on company boards and female representation in parliament; however, there’s a deafening silence when it comes to increasing the number of men who have custody of their children or who have careers as midwives. In fact, generally there seems to be a deafening silence on all the benefits women have compared to men.”
“Many women use their children as a stick to beat the father with, either because they’re bitter about the failed relationship, for financial reasons, or because they’ve moved on and it’s easier for them if their new partner takes on the role of father to their children,” said Davies.
Last month he argued that men have lost their voice in recent years and campaigned for recognition of International Men’s Day in Parliament.
In addition, last year Davies was reported as having said that more women should be sent to prison in order to achieve equality.
Davies confirmed his appointment on social media.