Jacob Rees-Mogg quotes Bible as he wades in on trans row: 'God made us in his image'

His comments come after Labour Party leader Sir Keir Starmer refused to speak out on the debate

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Jacob Rees-Mogg has had his say on the transgender row by quoting the Old Testament.

The debate has divided opinion ever since swimmer Lia Thomas became the first transgender woman to win an NCAA swimming title last month.

When asked whether a woman can have a penis, the Brexit Opportunities Minister said “no”, before referencing the Bible.

Mr Rees-Mogg said: “God made man in his own image. He made man and he made woman.

Minister for Brexit Opportunities, Jacob Rees-Mogg
Minister for Brexit Opportunities, Jacob Rees-Mogg
Sir Keir Starmer had previously failed to speak on the debate
Sir Keir Starmer had previously failed to speak on the debate

“He made both of them. I think God making us in his own image is quite good enough for me,” he told LBC.

His comments come after Labour Party leader Sir Keir Starmer refused to comment on whether women could have penises.

Sir Keir said: “I don’t think we can conduct this debate. I don’t think discussing this issue in this way helps anyone in the long run.

“What I want to see is a reform of the law as it is, but I’m also an advocate of safe spaces for women.

“I want to have a discussion with anybody who genuinely wants to find a way through this."

He added in his conversation with LBC: “I do find that too many people, in my view, retreat or hold a position which is intolerant of others and that’s not picking on any individual at all. But I don’t like intolerance, I like open discussion."

Labour deputy leader, Angela Rayner opted to hit out at those asking questions about genitalia.

Ms Rayner said: “When we debase it to whether or not… what genitalia you’ve got, I think all that does is damage people and it doesn’t help us go forward on some of the real issues that people are facing.

“I think we should be protecting women’s spaces – of course we should – and we should be supporting people who are going through transition," she told Sky News.