Armed Forces: Radicalism

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 27th October 2021.

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Photo of Luke Pollard Luke Pollard Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department has a strategy to tackle incel culture in the Armed Forces.

Photo of Leo Docherty Leo Docherty Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) ​has a broad programme of work to drive culture change; this does not specifically focus on an incel (involuntary celibate) culture.

The MOD has made it absolutely clear there is no place for unacceptable behaviour in the Armed Forces. Anyone found to fall short of the Services’ high ​values and standards or ​found to have committed an offence is dealt with appropriately, which may include imprisonment and dismissal from Service.

Defence set up the Directorate of Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) in April 2021, which brings together D&I, behaviours, service complaints and the service justice policy areas for the first time. This D&I Directorate has a pan-Defence responsibility for D&I and through cohering activity, sharing leading practice, assessing and assuring progress, it will support ​a more inclusive and operationally effective ​organisation.

Defence ​continues to implement the recommendations from the Wigston Review into inappropriate behaviour and those made in the 2020 progress review led by Danuta Gray, which concluded that good progress had been made.

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