Andrea Leadsom has suggested men should not be hired to look after young children because they may be paedophiles.
During a discussion on the challenges faced by parents, the newly-appointed Environment Secretary said it would be “sensible” not to appoint males for childcare duties.
Her comments were made during an interview with The Times before she dropped out of the Tory leadership race to hand the keys to Number 10 to Theresa May.
Brexit-backer Mrs Leadsom sparked fury after she appeared to suggest in the same interview that being a mother meant she would be a better Prime Minister than Theresa May, who cannot have children.
Of the 2012 child abuse cases, 45.3% of the perpetrators were male and 53.5% were female.