Doncaster Tory MP asks Boris Johnson to create minister for men

A Doncaster Conservative MP who said women playing traditonally male TV and film roles was leading young boys into commiting crime has called on Boris Johnson to appoint a minister for men.

By Darren Burke
Wednesday, 20th April 2022, 7:54 pm

Don Valley MP Nick Fletcher – a leading backer of International Men’s Day – said it was time for a dedicated minister looking out for the particular health issues faced by men.

“Men are dying so much younger than they should,” said Mr Fletcher at Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday.

“So will the PM meet with me to discuss the merits of having a minister for men, and the benefits of a men’s health strategy?”

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Nick Fletcher has called on Boris Johnson to create a minister for men.

The PM did not take up the call for a mens’ minister, but replied: “We are determined to tackle all the health conditions he describes and cares about – particularly mental health and suicide prevention.”

He claimed the lack of male role models – citing actresses taking the lead in Doctor Who and the all-female Ghostbusters reboot – had left young men idolising violent anti-heroes.

“In recent years we’ve seen Doctor Who, Ghostbusters, Luke Skywalker … all replaced by women,” he said during the International Men’s Day debate.

Mr Fletcher added: “Men are left with the Krays and Tommy Shelby. Is it any wonder we are seeing so many young men committing crime?”

The Tory backbencher also told parliament that he wanted “men to have their own identity and masculinity to be celebrated at times – rather than vilified”.

Last week, Mr Fletcher, who became Doncaster’s first Conservative MP in decades when he seized the seat from Labour’s Caroline Flint, came under fire when he announced a campaign to demolish a graffiti-covered shed at the town’s railway station.

Furious constituents accused Mr Fletcher of failing to focus on the real issues facing the town with one telling him: “Are you taking the p***? The town centre’s in free fall and you’re on about a shed. You’re a joke.”