Tory MP claims that the majority of disadvantaged children in his locality are the outcome of inadequate parenting.

A statement made by James Daly, Member of Parliament for Bury North and representative of the New Conservatives group, has caused controversy. Daly claimed that most struggling children in his constituency are a result of poor parenting.

Daly emphasized the importance of a stable family unit in providing children with stability during an interview with the i newspaper. He stated, “When you think about the family, it’s about stability. Most of the kids who struggle in Bury are the products of inadequate parents. What can we do to address this issue? On the left, it would simply be: we’ll throw money at this and hope something works. Someone like me considers this matter more fundamentally.”

Despite facing criticism, Daly defended his comments in an interview with the Guardian, urging all political parties to discuss ways to support children who have had inadequate parenting. He emphasized the importance of teaching fundamental values to children, stating that this debate should not solely focus on monetary solutions.

This is not the first time Daly has placed blame on bad parenting. At the Conservative party conference, he stated, “we have appalling parents bringing up children in appalling ways,” placing the responsibility on parents for their children’s behavior.

Daly is known for being a vocal member of a rightwing caucus primarily made up of 2019 and 2017 Tory MPs. He has repeatedly spoken out on immigration issues. He also linked knife crime in London to social choices and lack of paternal influence in the family home, stating that young offenders should take responsibility for their actions and their parents should accept responsibility for the environment they have created.

Daly’s comments have drawn criticism, with James Frith, Labour’s prospective parliamentary candidate for Bury North, stating that Daly’s remarks reveal his lack of respect for his constituents. Christian Wakeford, Labour MP for Bury South, and a former colleague of Daly’s, called on locals to remember these comments when deciding which party to support in the next general election.

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