So-called safe spaces are being “incorrectly used” and are detrimental to speech at universities, a Christian MP has warned. Fiona Bruce made the statement during a debate in Westminster Hall, following a report by Parliament’s Joint Committee on Human Rights (JCHR). Mrs Bruce, who sits on the JCHR, said the committee “did not find the concept of safe space policies helpful at all” as they were “applied too broadly and vaguely”. The Conservative MP for Congleton also pointed out that there have been “incidents of unacceptable intimidatory behaviour by protesters intent on preventing free speech and debate”. “I think the chilling effect and unreported inhibition of speech is far wider than we recognise. “Often the chilling effect inhibits students with minority views, and that emboldens students who want to silence or censor views they consider wrong or offensive.”

Israeli Air Force jets targeted underground terror infrastructure in the northern Gaza Strip early Wednesday morning, the IDF said. Two further targets belonging to Hamas naval forces in Gaza were also targeted. Local residents said the strikes destroyed a boat moored in Gaza City, with no reports of casualties. They said the boat, which was set ablaze, was due to sail to meet a flotilla of boats hoping to reach Gaza.The IDF did not provide further details regarding the nature of the underground infrastructure. The army said the strikes came in response to an arson attack on an Israeli military position by a number of Palestinians who infiltrated into Israel from the Gaza Strip on Tuesday morning and ongoing attempts to harm Israel using drones and kites. 

Over two thousand children were referred to the NHS’ gender identity clinic in the past year, prompting fresh concerns that more and more young people are being pushed into transsexualism. New statistics from the Tavistock and Portman trust showed children as young as four continue to be referred to its Gender Identity Development Service – as well as nearly 600 16-year-olds. The figures are a 25 per cent increase from the previous year, with girls outnumbering boys by more than two to one. Stephanie Davies-Arai, of parents’ group Transgender Trend, issued a warning over the new figures. “Teenagers are being influenced by an online culture which celebrates medical transition as cool. “Girls especially are being encouraged to identify as boys if they don’t fit a stereotype. All debate is shut down as transphobic.”