John Leech, former Liberal Democrat MP for Manchester Withington and Manchester City Council’s sole opposition councillor, has “declared war” on Grindr and Tinder. Leech lost his seat in a dramatic defeat at the 2015 General Election, when his party was reduced to just 8 MPs. His vote share dropped by a massive 29.7%, with the Labour victor, Jeff Smith, winning more votes than Leech had ever received.
After a Freedom of Information request revealed that 58 incidents of rape and serious violence were linked to Tinder and Grindr, Leech launched a crusade against the apps.
“It is completely unacceptable that neither [Tinder nor Grindr] display safety alerts or notices at any point from download to real life use, not even anything as simple as meeting somewhere public and letting a friend know where you’re going.
“Something as serious as rape has an enormous and life-shattering impact on so many lives, from the victim to their friends, family and co-workers. One is too many, but 17 in Greater Manchester is just unacceptable and these dating apps need to start taking preventative steps immediately.
“Tinder and Grindr should not be let off the hook over such a serious and shocking lapse in care to their users.
“They must introduce safety alerts immediately and dramatically increase the safety of users, and they must do it now.”
Leech’s comments were met with umbrage from within his party, with a source telling Pulse Politics “When you have a Leader who’s alleged to be homophobic, “declaring war” on an app that gay men use to integrate into the LGBT+ community helps nobody.”