Gender and Politics in the media

UK: Cameron: my wife doesn’t tell me what to do about Syria. Cameron finds time to take his daughter (and dolly) for a scoot to nursery.

David Cameron stepped up plans to sell off NHS after hiring aide with links to … David Cameron stepped up plans to privatise the NHS just months after hiring a top aide who had links to healthcare companies. Lobbyist Lynton Crosby’s PR firm advised businesses looking to cash in on Tory reforms, leaked files show. And just three …

Nick Clegg: dismayed and surprised by gender discrimination. Photograph: Luke Macgregor/Reuters

David Cameron listens to Sam. Pity he won’t give more women jobs The Guardian …That the prime minister can boast, as well as a mother-in-law with a furniture shop, a wife who divides her time between upscale handbag design and neocon interventionism, is hugely impressive, of course. But this may still not compensate, whatever her champions say, for his failure to make good a promise to make a third of his ministers women.

It is asking a lot of any woman, even Samantha Cameron, that she should stand in like this, for a missing 17 politicians. In fact, given Cameron’s generous choice of elected female candidates, the members of White’s, or Muirfield, might reasonably ask which is more unfair, or as Cameron now has it, backward-looking: their own men-only arrangements, or his version of progress – in which women, although technically allowed access to all the facilities, can only ever enjoy associate membership?

David Cameron: my wife doesn’t tell me what to do about Syria David Cameron has hit back at the “urban myth” that his wife has been putting pressure on him to intervene more strongly in Syria. David Cameron, the Prime Minister Photo: ASSOCIATED PRESS. Rowena Mason. By Rowena Mason, Political Correspondent.

David Cameron urges firms to block child abuse images BBC News The prime minister has warned companies they need to act to block access to child abuse images on the internet or face legal controls. David Cameron told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show search firms like Google needed to do more to block “depraved and …

The Open: David Cameron joins critics of male-only Muirfield despite his own … David Cameron today said he backed the Culture Secretary’s complaint about Mr Inverdale and her stance on all-male clubs. But the Prime Minister faced awkward questions about his previous membership of the all-male Bullingdon Club in his Oxford …

David Cameron was urged to widen the Conservatives’ appeal among working-class and ethnic minority voters. Photograph: Rex Features

David Cameron urged to turn Tories into party for working class The Guardian … David Cameron needs to consider proposals such as increasing the minimum wage and tackling “rip-off Britain” to widen the appeal of the Conservatives, a new party group says.

David Skelton, who is setting up Renewal, said the Conservatives could become the new “workers’ party” but they would need fresh policies to attract support in regions where they currently struggle.

Hands full: David Cameron emerged from Number 10 this morning carrying daughter Florence and her toys

David Cameron finds time to take his daughter (and dolly) for a scoot to nursery Daily Mail …The Prime Minister was seen emerging from Number 10 early this morning, with two-year-old Florence cradled in his left arm. His other hand was struggling with a pink doll’s pram and a purple scooter.

For many dads the idea of taking their children to school or nursery before work is all but impossible. A new report published today said childcare is a ‘major concern for many families’ and parents face ‘huge difficulties’ in find the right care at the right price.

But Mr Cameron appeared not to have a care in the world as he made his way along Downing Street with his youngest daughter.

Ann Widdecombe: David Cameron is big headed Chorley Guardian The splash of red isn’t a sign of rebellion from the former Tory minister, even though she brands David Cameron “pig-headed” in her new autobiography, Strictly Ann. She’s still a Conservative at heart. Wearing little make-up, her wispy grey hair …

David Cameron bottles reshuffle fearing sexism charges over women ministers … The three women said to be on his hit list – dubbed Cameron’s Cuties when appointed – were Maria Miller (Culture), Justine Greening (International Development ) and Theresa Villiers (Northern Ireland). But that would have left only Home Secretary …

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