Gender and Politics in the media

UK: Ex-candidate sues Labour for sex, age discrimination. Lib Dems: allegations of sexual impropriety

Ex-candidate sues Labour Herald Scotland Anna Dyer, 64, was overlooked for last year’s local authority elections despite standing as a Labour candidate in the Holyrood election the year before. She claims she has been discriminated against by the party and has suffered “loss, injury and damage, in particular to her feelings” due to the party’s decision not to recommend  her for a panel of local government candidates. Ms Dyer, of Glasgow, has now lodged a civil action at the city’s sheriff court seeking £18,000 plus interest, claiming the party and its general secretary have breached the Equality Act. Labour denies the allegations and claims the amount she is claiming is excessive. Papers lodged at the court state Ms Dyer has been “subjected to discrimination on the grounds of the protected characteristics of sex and age”.

Lib Dems: allegations of sexual impropriety Channel 4 News Women who worked for the Liberal Democrats have told Channel 4 News that the party’s most powerful official abused his position for years by inappropriately touching and propositioning them – and that leading Lib Dem MPs and peers who knew failed to take decisive action. The women say they complained about Lord Rennard, the Lib Dems’ former chief executive, to senior party figures including the chief whip. But despite a manifesto commitment to equality, and tackling sex discrimination in the workplace, the party seemingly didn’t do enough to root out sexual impropriety by a man hailed by many in the party as a legend, a guru, or even a genius.

Lord Rennard branded the report a ‘total distortion of his character’. Photograph: Martin Argles for the Guardian

Lib Dem former chief executive accused of sexual harassment The Guardian Nick Clegg has ordered an urgent review into how the Liberal Democrats have investigated “allegations of sexual impropriety” in the past after claims against a leading party official emerged. Lord Christopher Rennard, the party’s former election strategist, was accused of inappropriately touching and propositioning a number of women who worked for the party over a period of years on Channel 4 News. Several women who worked for the Lib Dems alleged on the programme that before he stood down as the party’s chief executive in 2009 he made unwanted advances at them, but when they reported it to party MPs including the chief whip, little action was taken to investigate their claims.

David Cameron’s sex problem Spectator.co.uk (Subscription required) This week David Cameron lectured a business audience in India on how far Britain has yet to go in getting women into the boardroom. ‘My wife likes to say,’ he said, ‘that if you don’t have women in 50 per cent of the top positions you are not missing

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