Tory MPs vow to ‘defund cancel culture’ as nearly £13million of public cash is handed to ‘woke’ projects in recent years

  • MPs will ask Ministers why nearly £13m has been given to ‘woke’ organisations
  • Since 2018, they plan to request justifications of nearly 30 grants each
  • These organisations have been linked to recently launched woke projects
  • Common Sense Group is a group of Tory MPs that supports the ‘Britain Uncancelled’ campaign

As Tory MPs joined a campaign to ‘defund the cancelculture’, this week will see a massive blitz on millions worth of public spending.

The MPs will put Ministers on the spot over why nearly £13 million of public cash has been awarded to organisations said to be linked to politically correct, so-called woke projects in recent years.

A blizzard will follow, asking Commons members to justify nearly 30 individual grants made in 2018

This was after the Tory powerful Common Sense Group, made up of MPs from Tory parties and peers, announced that it would be supporting a new Britain Uncancelled’ campaign. 

The strong Common Sense Group, consisting of Tory MPs as well peers and headed by Sir John Hayes (pictured), declared it would be supporting a Britain Uncancelled’ campaign.

Writing in The Mail on Sunday, Sir John Hayes – the Common Sense chairman – served notice that Boris Johnson’s Government had to step up the fight against the ‘bitter prejudice’ that woke represented.

He said, “The government must do more to support the patriotic majority so hated by the frenzied mob of ‘wokes.”

Former Minister launched an aggressive attack against statue-topping, politically correct woke fighters and demanded to be informed why Whitehall departments gave ‘huge amounts of money’ groups that were allegedly ‘entirely hostile’ to British values such as fairness, openness, mutual respect, and reasonableness.

Sir John singled out a grant from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) to the Manchester Meteor website which carried an article declaring that when statues of historic figures were toppled, ‘we are making new history when we replace them’.

Separately, The Mail on Sunday can reveal public bodies have given more than £300,000 since 2018 to two trans campaign groups.

Mermaids, a transgender advocacy group, received money from both the culture department and funding from Rushmoor Council and Barnet Council.

Writing in The Mail on Sunday, Sir John Hayes served notice that Boris Johnson's Government had to step up the fight against the 'bitter prejudice' that woke represented

Sir John Hayes wrote in The Mail that Sunday to inform Boris Johnson that his Government must intensify its fight against the bitter prejudice that the wake represented.

Gendered Intelligence, a charity that provides advice to transgender youths, was paid £4,157 by the Natural History Museum to provide training to its staff.

In total, Gendered Intelligence has received nearly £288,000 funding since 2018.

Scott Simmonds from the TaxPayers’ Alliance said that ‘Taxpayers have grown tired of paying these campaigners who lobby and lecture. 

“Pressure groups who want to raise a political point shouldn’t be getting money from taxpayers to do so. Ministers must get on top of this and prevent public agencies from giving money to campaigners.

The culture department justification of its grant last night was that it follows clear government guidelines.

Gendered Intelligence claimed it was proud to provide quality education, training and consultation.