Autumn Statement hits women harder than ever – Cooper Labour Party House of Commons library analysis: Women hit four times harder by tax and benefit changes. Yvette Cooper MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities, responding to the Autumn Statement, said: “The Chancellor’s Autumn Statement today hits women harder than ever. House of Commons library analysis shows women will be hit four times harder by the new direct tax, tax credit and benefit changes they have analysed….’
Cynon Valley MP Ann Clwyd challenges David Cameron over NHS WalesOnline Cynon Valley MP Ann Clwyd today fought back tears in the Commons when she challenged David Cameron to improve the standard of “care and compassion” in nursing care. Her plea followed her description this week of how her husband died in October “like a battery hen” at Cardiff’s University Hospital of Wales. Mr Cameron acknowledged there were “very real problems” in the NHS and extended his sympathy.
Clegg to fast-track monarchy changes Herald Scotland Legislation to ensure the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s baby becomes monarch – whether a boy or a girl – is to be introduced as rapidly as possible, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said. Legislation to ensure the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s …
Nick Clegg: Succession law change has been ‘agreed’ BBC News The government has reached an agreement with all other Commonwealth countries to change the laws which put men ahead of women in the line of royal succession. The legislation will also remove the bar on anyone in the line of succession marrying a Roman Catholic.
Women demand seat at the tables Times Higher Education A university’s ranking in global league tables should be based in part on measures of gender equality, according to a manifesto demanding equality of opportunity and pay for female academics. The manifesto, agreed by 50 academics from the UK, Australia and Asian countries following a British Council workshop on the subject, also calls for institutions to declare how many of their professors, top researchers and students are female. In 2010, just 29 per cent of researchers worldwide were female, according to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation. See also: Gender Equity and University Rankings Inside Higher Ed
Women, immigrants on the rise in Merkel’s conservative makeover Reuters More women and immigrants in party posts. Aygul Ozkan, the daughter of a Turkish tailor, is the new face of Germany’s ruling conservatives. Her election to the leadership board of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) represents a facelift for a party that has for decades been dominated by white, Christian, predominantly male politicians. Ozkan, 42, minister of social affairs in Lower Saxony state, is a rising star in a party which, under Angela Merkel, is bent on rejuvenating an image that is as stodgy as the meat, noodles and potatoes served at its party congress in Hanover.