Tory MP urges Boris Johnson to consider appointing a minister for men

Tory MP urges Boris Johnson to consider appointing a ‘minister for men’

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”.

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.”

Published: by Radio NewsHub