Gender and Politics in the media

UKIP’s voters: older, more male and more working class. But especially older. Bid to honour Mary Barbour – Glasgow’s first Labour woman councillor. Clegg admits Lib Dems ‘let women down’. UK women suffer a bigger pay gap than counterparts.

Mary Barbour campaigned against steep rent rises during the First World War,

Bid to honour Mary Barbour – Glasgow’s first Labour woman councillor Glasgow Evening Times Former MP Maria Fyffe wants a statue built to honour “working class heroine” Mary Barbour, who was the city’s first female Labour councillor. Mary, who lived in Govan in the early 1900s, campaigned against steep rent rises during the First World War ..

Jo Swinson speech at the Spring Conference Rally Liberal Democrats The women also had an entirely understandable wish for privacy which I was careful to respect – so of course I didn’t name names when I spoke to people in the leader’s office to express these concerns. I made sure that further action was …

UKIP’s voters – older, more male and more working class. But especially older. Slugger O’Toole The biggest variation from the general population characteristic of UKIP voters in YouGov’s surveys is that they are more likely than average – much more likely than average – to be old. While 38% of the electorate is aged between 18 and 40, only 15 …

Independent inquiry chair announced Liberal Democrats The Liberal Democrats have today announced that Helena Morrissey has been appointed as the chair of the independent inquiry into culture, process and complaints within the Liberal Democrats. The review will also look at attitudes towards women in the party, as well as the employment relationship between staff, elected officials and volunteers; training; and how to lead a wider change in Westminster.

Liberal Democrats appoint inquiry leader The Independent Liberal Democrats today appointed a prominent female City figure as chairwoman of the independent inquiry into the party’s culture and handling of complaints, launched in the wake of the allegations against Lord Rennard. Helena Morrissey’s review will …

Clegg admits Lib Dems ‘let women down’ Scotsman (blog) The Deputy Prime Minister took the unusual step of making the opening speech of theLib Dems’ spring conference, and he tried to rally his troops by pledging to take whatever steps were necessary to prevent a repeat of the controversy. He said sexism…

Lib Dems failed over Lord Rennard scandal, admits Clegg Telegraph.co.uk Several female Lib Dems have said that Lord Rennard pestered them sexually and that party leaders did nothing about their concerns. The peer denies the allegations. Opening his party’s spring conference in Brighton on Friday night, Mr Clegg admitted…

Clegg Says Liberal Democrats Handled Sex-Harassment Claims Badly Bloomberg U.K. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg will tell fellow Liberal Democrats that his office didn’t do enough when women contacted officials saying they’d been sexually harassed by the party’s chief executive officer. “The women involved feel let down …

Women’s labour market progress stalls Financial Times Women’s progress in the labour market has stalled since the recession and left Britain lagging behind international competitors in efforts to narrow workplace inequality. UK women suffer a bigger pay gap with men than counterparts in other developed …

Lib Dems let people down – Clegg WalesOnline We didn’t, and as a result we let people down. Liberal Democrats, that is not acceptable to me. For a party that cherishes equality and women’s rights, we have no excuse for failing to live up to the highest standards in the treatment of women.

Lib Dems gather for spring conference amid controversy BBC News Liberal Democrats are gathering in Brighton for their spring conference during troubled times for the party. Lib Dem president Tim Farron … Mr Clegg is expected to tackle the issue at a rally later to mark International Women’s Day.

Nick Clegg tells Lib Dem conference party ‘let people down’ BBC News The Liberal Democrats “let people down” by not dealing with claims made against the party’s ex-chief executive Lord Rennard, Nick Clegg has said. The leader told party delegates that allegations of inappropriate behaviour towards women would be …

Nick Clegg told alleged Lord Rennard victim he didn’t know the ‘big picture’ Telegraph.co.uk Lord Rennard, the party’s former chief executive, is facing claims that he inappropriately touched a number of women. The peer strenuously denies all the allegations, which date back as far as 2001. Mr Clegg has … to them I think that proper review

“The party is in a critical state”: President says Lib Dems are “cockroaches … Mirror.co.uk Meanwhile Clegg tonight said the Lib Dems had to take “a long hard look in the mirror” at the way it handled the “Lord Grope” scandal. In a frank speech to party activists he said there was “no excuse” for its conduct and the women involved were “let …

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