Bank of England says people of any gender can get pregnant with parental leave policy including phrase ‘birthing parent’

FILE - Andrew Bailey, Governor of the Bank of England, addresses the media on the Monetary Policy Report at the Bank of England in London, May 5, 2022. Leading global central bankers asserted Wednesday, June 28, 2023, that they are not backing off their steep interest rate increases, pointing to inflation being more persistent than expected but still downplaying fears of recession from their hikes. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, Pool, File)

THE Bank of England says people of any gender can get pregnant.

Bosses, under fire over dismal inflation forecasting, included the comment in a submission to LGBT+ lobby group Stonewall, it emerged.

The Bank of England claims people of any gender can get pregnant. Pictured bank governor Andrew Bailey

Their 103-page dossier was handed over as part of a bid to be included in the controversial group’s Top 100 employers list.

The Bank’s parental leave policy included the phrase “birthing parent” and explained it included “parent who is/was pregnant with the child but includes persons of any and all gender identities”.

Last night Tory MP Brendan Clarke-Smith said: “They are as good at biology as they are setting interest rates.”

And former Cabinet Minister Andrea Leadsom insisted: “Biological men don’t have uteruses and biological women don’t have penises. Ergo men can’t get pregnant. Am I missing something?”

The dossier also outlines a commitment to gender-neutral toilets, The Times reported.

Bank governor Andrew Bailey has been heavily criticised for slowness in raising interest rates to stem inflation — then causing mortgage misery by trying to catch up with 13 rises from 0.5 per cent to five per cent.

Chancellor Jeremy Hunt agreed last week the Bank had problems with inflation forecasting but it was now conducting an independent review.