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Norman Tebbit is worried about transsexual Muslim airline pilots taking UK jobs

Norman Tebbit is worried about transsexual Muslim airline pilots taking UK jobs

A former Tory chairman is worried about transsexual Muslim airline pilots taking jobs away from non-transsexual Muslims.

Norman Tebbit, 82, has attacked the ‘insane dictum’ that states senior ranks of the services should be ‘representative of the community it serves’.

Writing on his Daily Telegraph blog, the former Conservative cabinet minister said: ‘Try putting that into practice elsewhere.

‘Who would feel safer if just before take-off the pilot of the airliner told the passengers that she had been promoted to command because they needed more transsexual Muslim captains to meet the airline’s inclusivity target?

‘The senior ranks of the civil service, flight deck crews, surgeons, or any job should be comprised of the best candidates regardless of sexual orientation, gender, ethnic origin or religion.’

Tebbit’s comments come amid concerns that there are not enough women or people from ethnic minorities serving in the House of Commons.

Out of 650 members of parliament, only 147 are women. At the 2010 election, only 27 MPs from an ethnic minority were elected.

During the fight to get the England and Wales same-sex marriage bill through parliament, Tebbit caused controversy when he said the law could lead to lesbian queens and fathers marrying sons.

Back in 1998, Tebbit said gay people should be barred from being Home Secretary although he said society’s openness about homosexuality had ‘changed the circumstances’.

In 2004, he also opposed the British government granting gay people civil partnerships as well as the Gender Recognition Act.