Penny Mordaunt has dismissed claims her views on transition rights are “smear” – as former Conservative Party leader Sir Iain Duncan Smith questioned whether the commerce secretary was experienced enough to do so. Prime Minister or not.
Miss Mordaunt is under her supervision about her stance on self-identificationafter leaked government documents showed she helped ease the legal process for the transition.
During the first televised debate on Friday, former Equality Minister Kemi Badenoch and Foreign Minister Liz Truss, who is also responsible for equality issues, announced Mrs. Mordaunt assisted in promoting self-identity for people who wanted to convert.
They say that together they reversed the policy.
But Ms. Mordaunt strongly objected to the claims. She said that although she has asked for a review of the Gender Recognition Act, she is not in favor of self-identification and will “not divorce it with healthcare”.
However, The Sunday Times said it had seen government papers showing her support for removing at least one element of the medical process necessary for transgender people to legally convert.
A spokesperson for her campaign re-emphasized: “The fact that so many of these contests have been distracted by side issues rather than the cost of living crisis affecting millions of people, is a big disappointment.
“Policy debate is one thing, but questioning Penny’s values and integrity must be challenged.
“Just to be clear, on the matter of self-identification, the leaked documents demonstrate that all ministers in the department want to maintain health involvement, including Penny. Other ministers can support this.”
Outraged over the issue on Sunday, Ms Mordaunt herself denied reports that she had pushed for an end to the requirement that transgender people receive a medical diagnosis of gender dysphoria before they can. legally transgender while she was the equality minister in Theresa May’s government. .
She also accused the newspapers of being “smeared” and said the Conservative leadership contest was being “pulled down” by it.
“This has been refuted many times. We all know what’s going on. This is the kind of toxic politics that people want to stay away from,” Ms. Mordaunt told the BBC’s Sunday Morning programme.
“We did a consultation. We asked the healthcare professionals what they thought of the situation. That’s the part I took care of. I managed that consultation. We did it. not making a policy on his shift.
“There’s some smearing going on in the newspapers. My colleagues are angry and upset because this is how the leadership contest is being dragged down.”
Ms Mordaunt had the support of Baron Williams, then grassroots equality minister, and said reports of events given at the camp and in the media were “totally incorrect”.
“As minister of equality in the department under both Penny Mordaunt and Amber Rudd, I have witnessed with my own eyes that the position stated is not at all that of Penny Mordaunt and categorically rejects the allegations made by Penny Mordaunt. other candidates on the self-ID debate,” she said in a statement.
“Having sat in the Equality Office for many years, I am shocked to see such inaccurate reports and briefings by our colleagues and would question the motives of those seeking to do so. so.”
Meanwhile, former Conservative leader Sir Iain Duncan Smith – who is backing Ms Truss in the leadership race – has questioned Ms Mordaunt’s record in government.
He told Sky News’ Sophy Ridge on Sunday’s show: “The only person I don’t know her track record is Penny (Mordaunt). I don’t have a problem with her, I have no problem at all. .
“But for me it is important that we are not electing a leader of the Conservative Party who has had two years to build their reputation, we are electing someone who will be prime minister on day one.
“So you need to know when they had power and power in government, what they did with it, what they got, what they achieved, what were their main beliefs, what did they do? what they’ve been through, what tough decisions they’ve had to make, and indeed they have to sometimes fight their own servants to get these things done.”
A new poll of Tory Conservative Party members has Ms Badenoch leading with 31 per cent of those polled, with a more commanding leader Ms Truss coming in second with 20 per cent.
Then there is Mrs. Mordaunt with 18%, who fell from first place, followed by Rishi Sunak and Tom Tugendhat.