Theresa May Defends Toby Young Despite His “Misogyny And Homophobia” Tweets
The Prime Minister has supported the right-wing journalist and her controversial new university tsar Toby Young in spite of his sick joke about starving children on Comic Relief in 2009.

Despite mounting pressure to sack Young over a series of misogynistic and homophobic tweets, Theresa May praised his “good work” setting up free schools and said he’ll be given another chance.

“Frankly I’m not at all impressed by those comments,” Ms May told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show.

She said: “He’s now in public office. As far as I’m concerned, if he was to continue to use that sort of language and talk in that sort of way, he would no longer be in public office.” Added: “He’s apologized, but if he continues to talk and use this sort of language, then he will no longer be in public office.”

Young joked about being sexually aroused by the African kids in the tweet. He also had posted messages commenting on the appearance of women’s breasts, described gay singer George Michael as “queer as a coot” and written a story about dressing up as a lesbian in which he referred to gay women as “hardcore dykes”. He was exposed for sending a tweet about Simon Cowell visiting Kenya to see children eating from a pile of rubbish to survive.

He also replied to a female Twitter user who said she had “gone through five boxes of Kleenex”, saying: “Me Too, I haven’t [sic] w***** so much in ages.”

The PM said she would not reverse Young’s appointment to the Office for Students board and added: “Toby Young has done exceedingly good work in relation to free schools and that’s what led to him being appointed to the Office for Students.”

“When he was appointed I was not aware of these comments that he had made. Frankly, I’m not at all impressed by those comments.” She added.

Senior Conservative and Labour MPs have branded Young’s position “untenable” and called for his resignation.

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A Downing Street source said: “However, the Prime Minister was not aware of these tweets when she appointed him and, like most people, sees them as distasteful.”

“Now he has a public role, any repeat of those kinds of comments would be clearly incompatible with that position.”

The leader of the Liberal Democrats, Vince Cable, said: “Theresa May stood by her new universities regulator when she should be firing him – his appointment is completely unsustainable. This is a man who has a record of misogyny and backs eugenics, screening out people of supposedly low intelligence.”

“This shows bad judgment and, as the Prime Minister effectively admitted, a lack of due diligence. It seems all you need to survive is be a friend of Boris Johnson.” The leader added.

Young is pals with Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson who has previously slammed calls for him to be sacked.

 

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