Pontypridd MP piles pressure on PM over tackling misogyny in schools

Written by on 11th January 2023

Alex Davies-Jones, MP for Pontypridd and Taff Ely, has grilled the Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak, for being “too slow” to recognise the damage that online influencers promoting misogyny are doing to school children.

Ms Davies-Jones urged the UK Government to properly equip teachers with the resources they need to properly educate students on radicalisation and incel culture.

Speaking during Prime Minister’s Questions in Parliament, Ms Davies-Jones asked the PM:

“The Times recently reported that schools across the UK are in a crisis as the effects of online influencer Andrew Tate’s vile misogyny infiltrates our classrooms and society.

“Teachers are now having to develop their own resources to re-educate boys who are being brainwashed online by his deeply toxic messaging.

“The Prime Minister has been too slow to recognise the damage this is causing.

“What has he done – what are his Government doing – to tackle this misogyny, this incel culture and the radicalisation of young men in this country?

Will he commit to giving teachers the resources they need to address this problem head on?”

Speaking on air to GTFM on Wednesday, Ms Davies-Jones called controversial TikTok influencer Andrew Tate a “dangerous individual”, and a “figurehead” of prolific misogyny that young men are at risk of idolising. The Labour MP urged all parents to have a conversation with their children about misogyny and the content they are accessing online.

Ms Davies-Jones’ question to the Prime Minister comes as Andrew Tate was arrested in Romania in December on charges including human trafficking and rape. Mr Tate had amassed billions of views on his videos which promote his misogynistic remarks, including that women “belong to men” and are at blame for being raped. Mr Tate denies all wrongdoing.

Hear Alex Davies Jones chatting with Gareth Williams on Wednesday 11th January.

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