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UK: Cameron’s reshuffle will be a reshuffle for women. Pensions minister attacks Labour plans for women’s pension plan.

Interview with one of Lord Rennards alleged victims Channel 4 News Bridget Harris, a former adviser to Nick Clegg and one of the three women who spoke out about Lord Rennard’s behaviour.

 

 

Steve Webb attacks Labour’s £4.5bn women’s pension plan Money Marketing Pensions minister Steve Webb has attacked Labour plans to bring more women into the single tier state pension, suggesting they would cost £4.5bn over a 30 year period…..

Shadow work and pensions secretary Liam Byrne criticised the “injustice” of 700,000 women born between April 1951 and 1953 losing out under reforms.

For example, a woman who retires aged 63 in 2015 will potentially draw a £107 basic state pension under currently rules. However, a man who is the same age will draw £144 a week when he retires three years later in 2018. Labour MPs argue it is unfair that it will result in a man and a woman who are the same age drawing different pension amounts.

Online porn: animals have more rights than women, campaigners say Telegraph.co.uk David Cameron must close a legal loophole to ban possession of pornographic images that promote sexual violence against women and girls, they say.

In a letter published in The Daily Telegraph, the groups warn that the possession of images depicting rape, such as those entitled “schoolgirl rape” or “teen slut rape”, are legal so long as the actors are over the age of 18.

But pictures of necrophilia and bestiality are illegal to possess, according to the letter, signed by Mumsnet, the National Federation of Women’s Institutes, the Trades Union Congress, rape crisis centres, and academics at Durham University.

Cameron’s coming reshuffle will be a reshuffle for women conservativehome.blogs.com Having reshaped his Cabinet substantially last summer – sacking two Cabinet Ministers in the process – David Cameron is unlikely to do so again during this one.  This is because to do so would both risk destabilising his already fractious Parliamentary Party, and offend his instinct to keep changes to his front bench to a minimum. From the Prime Minister’s point of view, it makes sense to delay a substantial Cabinet clearout until next summer, when a team can be put in place to fight the election in 2015.

Leaving the next big shuffle until later in the Parliament will also minimise any backlash from sacked Ministers, since they will rally round Cameron during the election run-up (that’s the theory, at any rate).

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