Dan Wootton guest calls for another woman to join debate: 'Only a man could phrase a question in that way'

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Jamie  Micklethwaite

By Jamie Micklethwaite

Published: 21/04/2022

- 21:29

Updated: 21/04/2022

- 23:17

Anna May Mangan asked why a woman hadn't been selected for the panel discussion on appointing a minister for men

GB News host Dan Wootton was accused of "belly aching about being a man" during a fierce debate.

On the Dan Wootton tonight show, broadcaster and author Anna May Mangan said it was impossible for women to be sexist towards men.

Hosting the debate between Ms Mangan and military veteran Phil Campion, Mr Wootton was asked if it was too late to get another woman in.

She said: "Only a man could phrase that question in that way.

"You've got the best of everything, you've got the best of the opportunities, you're earning more for doing the same job in many cases.

"Is it too late to get another woman in? Can we get another woman next to me?

Anna May Mangan
Anna May Mangan
GB News

"The two of you are belly aching about your conditions when you're not the ones being discriminated against."

The debate came after a Conservative MP has urged Boris Johnson to discuss with him the merits of having a “minister for men”.

Nick Fletcher, who represents the Don Valley constituency, raised the issue of men dying “so much younger than they should” during Prime Minister’s questions.

Mr Fletcher, who chairs the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Issues Affecting Men and Boys, also urged Mr Johnson to look into the “benefits” of a Men’s Health Strategy.

The Prime Minister said he is “determined to tackle all the health conditions” described by Mr Fletcher, including “mental health and suicide prevention”.

Phil Campion
Phil Campion
GB News

Mr Fletcher said: “PMQs for a constituency MP like me is a wonderful opportunity to ask the Prime Minister for a new hospital for Doncaster, maybe. And maybe, for Doncaster to be the home of Great British Railways Headquarters.

“Sadly, there is a more pressing issue and that is that men are dying so much younger than they should. So, will the Prime Minister meet with me to discuss the merits of having a minister for men and the benefits of a Men’s Health Strategy?”

Mr Johnson replied: “I thank my honourable friend very much for his work in this area. And we are determined to tackle all the health conditions that he has described and cares about, particularly mental health and suicide prevention.”

While Mr Campion did not agree for a parliamentary minister for men, he did call for the position to be given to someone from outside the political bubble.

He said: "The mental health crisis and in particular the suicide rates are alarming.

"Representation for men is not there in any official capacity.

"I think it would be more likely to have a tzar, maybe an ex-serviceman or someone from businessman to get the job done.

"I'd like to see someone seriously get this by the neck and get the job done."

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