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UK: 2 women set for by-election, For Osborne to woo women he’ll have to get his wallet out, Clegg: ‘Current parental leave rules belong in 1950s’

Coalition digs in against boardroom quota for women Politics.co.uk A new report from the Counting Women In campaign has found that representation of women in local government remains stagnant after May elections, that at the current rate of change we face another 150 years before women have an equal say, and that …

For George Osborne to woo women he’ll have to get his wallet out Telegraph.co.uk Women are being wooed by the Government, and the courtship ain’t particularly subtle. Nick Clegg vowed yesterday that new parents would be able to share up to a year’s leave, and George Osborne wrote an article talking up family-friendly policies.

Having babies stops women being equal to men, says Lib Dem minister Lynne … Daily Mail Her comments come as Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg set out plans for mothers and fathers to share parental leave. And tomorrow Maria Eagle, the new equalities minister, will announce plans for start-up grants for people to launch childcare businesses.

How many women are ‘missing’ from the UK economy? Full Fact In a speech today Deputy PM Nick Clegg outlined plans to welcome women back into the workforce, suggesting that many women are shut out of the labour market after having children. Nick Clegg’s solution is to allow more men and women to work flexible…

Nick Clegg: ‘Current parental leave rules belong in 1950s’ Telegraph.co.ukUnder the Liberal Democrat politician’s plans, new parents will be able to decide for themselves how to divide up a year’s worth of parental leave. They will be able to take the time off in periods lasting for several months each …


Nick Clegg has set out proposals that give all workers the right to demand flexible working, so people can work at home, reduce their hours or take advantage of flexitime arrangements. Photo: JANE MINGAY

Nick Clegg’s speech on women and flexible working: Politics live blog The Guardian (blog) Families with children under one have lost a shocking £1,000 a year as a result of Nick Clegg and David Cameron’s policies, according to the IFS. That means many parents may not be able to afford to take their full maternity or paternity leave anyway.

Parental leave to become flexible under plans set out by Nick Clegg The Guardian Women are held back in Britain by “clapped-out rules” which discourage professional development after they take maternity leave, Nick Clegg will say as he unveils new plans for flexible parental leave. The deputy prime minister, who will announce that …

Mothers and fathers can take six months off work to look after new babies from … Telegraph.co.uk Mr Clegg will say that “clapped out” rules and working arrangements need to be changed to give women a “real choice” after taking a break to have children. He will say: “We, as a society, we have got so much better at telling young women: the sky’s the …

Companies will still refuse flexible working requests, so who cares? Telegraph.co.uk Now Nick Clegg thinks he’s found the key to open the door for a potential boost to the GDP – if the UK had the same proportion of female entrepreneurs as the US, it would enjoy an extra £42bn – and on Tuesday he announces his plans to extend “the right ..

Parental leave shake-up ITV News Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has told Daybreak that the view “that dad’s only want to take two weeks off and mum’s do all the child caring and go on to part-time work and not work” is outdates

Clegg: Shared parental leave fits ’21st Century’ BBC News From 2015, a fully flexible system of parental leave in England, Scotland and Wales will allow women to share their maternity leave with their partner. The Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, said the new system would reflect the “21st Century”, where …

The Liberal Democrats: Latest News Detail Liberal Democrats Liberal Democrats believe that if we are to deliver sustainable, strong growth we need to get the best out of both men and women in the workforce. Current arrangements are old-fashioned, inflexible and gender-biased. People should have the right to …

Two women on list for MacShane seat ITV News A shortlist of two women has been drawn up to replace disgraced Labour MP Denis MacShane. A former RAF wing commander and the head of a children’s hospice have been chosen by the Labour party’s executive. A selection meeting will be held by local …

Two women set for by-election The Star Labour Party sources claim former RAF worker Sophy Gardner, and Sarah Champion, who runs Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, North Anston, are in the running to stand in the by-election. Mr MacShane quit after he was found to have wrongfully claimed …

Lord Flight: What the Conservatives might learn from the US Presidential Election Conservative Home (blog) Perhaps the most important was the women’s vote. Conservative Governments in the UK only won General Elections in the 20th Century, post the enfranchisement of women, when they had a lot of the women’s vote. I suggest Romney’s problem was that his …

Ed Miliband: The surprise sex symbol Politics.co.uk Ed Miliband built an unlikely new career as a sex symbol yesterday, after surprised journalists watched him be mobbed by admiring female voters on a campaign trip. The Labour leader was being interviewed by the Mirror during a tour of Wolverhampton …

“Can I snog you?” On the campaign trail with unlikely sex symbol Ed Miliband Mirror.co.uk Ed Miliband is the first to admit he isn’t everyone’s idea of a sex symbol. But on a cold grey day in Wolverhampton, women are throwing themselves at the Labour leader. “You can come back to mine for coffee and dumplings – can I snog you?” asks Wendy …

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