UK: Senior role in Cameron’s Cabinet reshuffle ‘because she is northern’. US Christian rally vs. gender identity non-discrimination law.

Labour launches attack on ‘betrayal’ of working mothers Financial Times (Subscription) New mothers are being “betrayed” by the government as thousands of working women lose their jobs while on maternity leave, the Labour party claimed on Tuesday. Yvette Cooper, shadow equalities minister, said the government was making it easier for

Former GMTV presenter is set to win senior role in David Cameron’s Cabinet reshuffle ‘because she is northern’ Daily Mail A former GMTV presenter is set to be a big winner when David Cameron reshuffles his government to bring more women into his Cabinet, it emerged today.

Esther McVey, who also worked on Children’s BBC in her television career, is likely to win a promotion to a senior role, in part because she is ‘northern’, sources have said. The 45-year-old, who became Conservative MP for Wirral West on her native Merseyside, is currently Minister for the Disabled.

But sources inside Downing Street have admitted she is likely to be promoted because No 10 ‘love putting a northern woman up on television to speak for the government’, the Daily Telegraph reported today.

US

Christian conservatives rally in Miami-Dade against gender identity non-discrimination law MiamiHerald.com Wilcox and other conservative activists, including Anthony Verdugo of the Christian Family Coalition and Eladio José Armesto of the Catholic Cultural Fund, introduced several speakers outside the Stephen P. Clark Government Center in downtown Miami.

“We’re living in a society where many have lost their moral compass and no longer have an understanding of right and wrong, good and evil,” said Teresita “Tesi” Miglio, 56, of Miami. “From history we learn that the greatest empires that have existed were destroyed, not by conquering enemies, but from within. They fell into moral decadence.”

…The plan, which would have amended the county’s existing gay-rights law to ban discrimination in housing, public accommodations and employment based on gender identity or expression, passed 11-1 on first reading. Commission Vice Chairwoman Lynda Bell voted against.

The New Look Republican Party: Women FOX News Radio Efforts by the GOP to attract more voters, especially more female voters. Recent presidential election results indicate it’s a challenge for the Republicans. FOX News Radio’s Rich Johnson reports as we continue our series “The New Look Republican Party”:

NZ

Catriona MacLennan: White and male should not be Labour’s way … New Zealand Herald There is something terribly wrong in the Labour Party. It is holding a leadership contest and four names were initially mentioned as contenders – David Cunliffe, Grant Robertson, Andrew Little and Shane Jones – not one of them a woman. In 2013, how could this be possible?

Labour has obviously failed dreadfully in bringing through women so that it can present to voters candidates with whom they will identify.

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