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UK: May’s attempts to position herself to succeed Cameron slapped down. Labour use all-women shortlist to choose next general election candidate.

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Theresa May’s attempts to position herself to succeed David Cameron slapped down by Cabinet The Home secretary is understood to have been the subject of criticism at Tuesday morning’s meeting of the Tories’ political Cabinet, when Education secretary Michael Gove called on colleagues to stop burnishing their “leadership credentials”.

That came hours before David Cameron was told to “control his Cabinet” by some of his own MPs after he appealed for unity in the long run-in to the next general election.

Mrs May gave a speech last weekend that ranged far from her brief and set out her views of the policy areas on which the party should fight the 2015 election.

David Cameron warns Tories about Twitter use as leadership speculation … The Prime Minister called a meeting of his backbenchers in Westminster after a damaging bout of leadership speculation where they were urged to exercise more caution when tweeting to avoid damaging the Conservatives’  general election prospects.

Pressure has been mounting on Mr Cameron to adopt striking right-wing policies in the wake of the party’s disastrous Eastleigh by-election showing which saw the Tories relegated to third behind UKIP.

Home Secretary Theresa May fuelled rumours that she is positioning for a post-Cameron era over the weekend by delivering a speech that was said to range beyond her brief.

Following the speech, Tory MP Dr Sarah Wollaston emphasised the idea that Mr Cameron was in trouble of being knocked off the Tory top spot. She tweeted that the No 10 “inner circle still look far too posh, male and white” adding that “Cameron is running out of time to fix it.” “We don’t need a leadership challenge but I would challenge the leader to change his advisers,” she added.

Labour use all-women shortlist to choose next general election candidate Dewsbury Reporter A Labour Party spokesman said: “Labour is committed to increasing the proportion of women in parliament, and all-women shortlists are an important part of achieving this. “Our party is proud to champion diversity and equality, not just between sexes …

Labour’s Yvette Cooper addresses Bradford Labour Women’s Forum Bradford Telegraph and Argus A “fantastic turnout” of female Labour supporters heard a talk by the shadow women and equalities minister Yvette Cooper on Saturday. Held at Bradford City Hall, 75 women attended the launch of Bradford Labour Women’s Forum. Miss Cooper, MP for Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford, praised those who attended, saying: “There was a fantastic turnout, and I thoroughly enjoyed the session. Bradford Labour’s women are full of energy and vigour, and there is a lot more to come from them.

Kathy Gyngell: It breaks my heart that Nick Clegg is so blind to what mothers … Conservative Home (blog) Last week, Nick Clegg attacked what he defined as the outdated notion that men should go out to work while women stayed at home to look after the children. He said the idea that the mother should be the primary carer – even straight after the birth of …

How the ‘war on terror’ in England became a war on women and children I hadn’t planned to write about the “war on terror”, but driven by curiosity about lives most of us never see and a few lucky coincidences, I stumbled into a world of Muslim women in London, Manchester and Birmingham. Some of them were British, others from Arab and African countries, but their husbands or sons had been swept up in Washington’s war. Some were in Guantanamo, some were among the dozen Muslim foreigners who did not know each other, and who were surprised to find themselves imprisoned together in Britain on suspicion of links to al-Qaeda. Later, some of these families would find themselves under house arrest.

In the process, I came to know women and children who were living in almost complete isolation and with the stigma of a supposed link to terrorism. They had few friends and were cut off from the wider world. Those with a husband under house arrest were allowed no visitors who had not been vetted for “security”, nor could they have computers, even for their children to do their homework. Other lonely women had husbands or sons who had sometimes spent a decade or more in prison without charges in the United Kingdom and were fighting deportation or extradition.

The Gaggle: Women and the GOP The Gaggle talk about the GOP’s inability to address and talk to women and give their shameless plugs.

Next war on woman front: Pennsylvania governor race Politico The race would not only measure the lingering effect of what Democrats dubbed the “war on women” during Obama’s reelection effort, but it would be among the most ideologically polarized the state has seen in years. Republicans accused the Obama

The Role Women With Disabilities Play In The Women’s Rights Movement (VIDEO) Progress Illinois Recognition of the strides that have been made as well as the challenges that remain was the focus of a panel discussion held Friday regarding the role women with disabilities have played in the struggle for women’s rights.

Time to do things differently, By Nigerian Women Trust Fund Premium Times According to the 2012 UN Report, Africa has made progress in the last decade in women representation in parliament. By January 2012, women held 41 of the 271 speakers posts, compared to 1995 when they held only 24 posts. While the average women’s …

More Women In Congress Sought Manila Bulletin MANILA, Philippines — Team PNoy senatorial candidate Grace Poe has asked the electorate to vote for women candidates running for the Senate and the Lower House in this year’s midterm polls to push for more pro-women bills this coming 16th Congress.

‘Girl Rising’ director: Young women are hungry … Richard E. Robbins directed a documentary called “Girl Rising” about educational opportunities for …

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