Update: 19 December 2016
Anti-feminist MP Philip Davies, who last week was appointed the 12th member of the Women and Equalities Committee, has attempted to block legislation focussed on improving welfare services for women who have suffered from domestic violence.
According to The Independent, in a 78 minute speech - which appeared to intentionally delay MPs voting for the bill – Davies called the legislation 'sexist against men' and discriminatory. However, his efforts were in vain.
Last Friday, 135 MPs voted to approve the Istanbul Convention, an international treaty on domestic and sexual violence aimed at improving services for victims of domestic violence.
The act was originally brought forth to Parliament by SNP MP Eilidh Whiteford. Following the vote, Whiteford called Davies a 'panto villain' and clarified:
'The Istanbul Convention lays the groundwork for us to do more to prevent and combat violence against women and domestic violence here in the UK and overseas.
It is the best piece of violence against women legislation that has ever been written, anywhere.
'Obviously today's vote is only the start of the parliamentary process, and I'm looking forward to working with MPs across the House for the subsequent stages,' she added.
Unfortunately, it looks like we'll be needing to keep a close eye on this Davies bloke.
This story was originally published on 14 December 2016
Already in the past week, we've had to endure news that Donald Trump met with recently hospitalised Kanye West to discuss 'multicultural issues', Tory MP Nicky Morgan criticised Theresa May's expensive wardrobe and Trump has announced inexperienced businessman Rex Tillerson was to become secretary of state.
But, in another punch to the gut, controversial anti-feminist MP Philip Davies has just been slated to join Parliament's Women and Equalities Committee.
I mean, seriously?
Now in charge of holding the Government to account on all issues relating to equality and opportunities for women, Davies was elected, unopposed, to fill a Conservative spot to become the 12th member on the Committee.
This comes months after Davies infamously gave a speech at a conference organised by the anti-feminist political party Justice For Men and Boys and said 'feminist zealots' were 'stirring up' problems and many of them wanted equality but 'only when it suits'.
According to The Guardian, he told attendees at the conference: '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.'
Oh, now we get the joke. No wait. Nope, still don't get it.
If that's not enough, Davies also campaigned for parliament's International Men's Day last month in response to the success of International Women's Day, has previously argued more women should be sent to prison in order to achieve gender equality and, in 2011, stated that certain 'vulnerable' groups including disabled people should work for less than the minimum wage, according to the BBC.
Oh, and another thing.
In 2009, The Guardian reported that Davies had 'bombarded' the the government's equalities watchdog with letters in a one-man campaign against 'political correctness'.
Yes, against political correctness.
One question read: 'Is it offensive to black up or not, particularly if you are impersonating a black person? PS I would be grateful if you could explain to me why it is so offensive to black up your face as I have never understood this.'
Someone pass us a pillow so we can scream into it until the new year.