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Cameron freezing women out of senior roles, PM accused of ‘turning clock back on equality’

PM accused of ‘turning clock back on equality after male clique claim’ Evening Standard David Cameron was today accused of “turning back the clock on women’s equality” following claims that he is part of an “Old Etonian clique” that excludes female MPs. Yvette Cooper MP, Labour’s shadow minister for women and equalities, said:  “The top table of Government is looking more like the Bullingdon Club every day.”

Dame Helen Ghosh, until recently one of Whitehall’s most senior women, is reported to have spoken out against David Cameron’s reliance on an Old Etonian network of Bullingdon chums and there’s-a-good-fellow, top-hatted swells Photo: Getty Images

Women can network – just not David Cameron’s way  Telegraph.co.uk Click, click, click! Can you hear those footsteps echoing down the corridors of power. Oops, sorry, did I say click? I actually meant Clique, clique, clique! And it’s more of a stealthy creak from a pair of bespoke John Lobb brogues than the patter of Theresa May’s kittenish LK Bennetts. Dame Helen Ghosh, until recently one of Whitehall’s most senior women, is reported to have spoken out against David Cameron’s reliance on an Old Etonian network of Bullingdon chums and there’s-a-good-fellow, top-hatted swells.

David Cameron Accused Of Excluding Women From ‘Old-Etonian Clique’ Inner … Huffington Post UK David Cameron runs the government with an “Etonian clique” that shuts out women, a former high flying civil servant has claimed. The Evening Standard reports that Dame Helen Ghosh, the former permanent secretary at the Home Office until she announced her retirement in August, told students at Cambridge University that the prime minister’s inner circle was too hard to break into. “If you look at the current government, not necessarily back to the Bullingdon Club days, but Cameron, it is true, it is well known, has a clique, a network of friends — the friends he made at school, friends he made at university,” she said.

Cameron freezing women out of senior roles in favour of ‘Old Etonian clique … The Independent Women are being excluded from the very top of government by a “clique” of David Cameron’s Old Etonian and Oxford friends, the first female head of the Home Office warned today. In a blistering attack on the Prime Minister and the way in which appointments are made at senior levels in government, Dame Helen Ghosh said that Westminster is being driven by powerful networks of men that women found hard to break into.

Ghosh: Politics hard for women to enter UPI.com A top British female politician says Prime Minister David Cameron’s male-dominated “network of friends” made it hard for her to enter the political sphere. Speaking to students at Cambridge, Helen Ghosh, the former secretary of the Home Office, said it is important to network in political life, The London Evening Standard reported Thursday. “I do think the fact that politics is so driven by networks does impact on women,” Ghosh said. “Women don’t network. It is actually quite difficult for a woman to get in as part of an Old Etonian clique. They are far too busy doing other things, like bringing up their children, looking after their constituency.”

David Cameon ‘old boy clique’ excludes women, says outgoing Whitehall figureTelegraph.co.uk “That kind of networking is actually a harder thing for women to do.” It is not the first time David Cameron has faced criticism about the lack of women surrounding him in government.

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