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PMQs sketch: Cameron was flooded with women. Can the Cons Party can win the female electorate?

Andrew Gimson’s PMQs sketch: Cameron was flooded with women but they looked unhappy Conservative Home David Cameron was inundated. The Tory Whips had flooded the front bench with women. All the women looked miserable, but at least they demonstrated that the party is quite rich in women. Ed Miliband could not point, as he pointed last week, to an uninterrupted line of men in suits.

It is possible that the women looked unhappy because they were thinking of the unfortunate people in various parts of the country whose houses have been flooded. This was a sombre PMQs, with no proper outbreaks of hooliganism. One of Parliament’s strengths is that it can adapt its tone to the needs of the moment.

David Cameron’s Government Bench Shows ‘Lack Of Gender Equality Progress’ – Labour Huffington Post UK David Cameron’s all male government front bench at Prime Minister’s Questions is one of the many signs of society’s lack of progress in gender equality, Labour frontbencher Stella Creasy has warned.

Speaking to the Huffington Post UK, the shadow business minister said that the male dominated cabinet, which has only four female members, warned that the “anachronistic” sight showed the “damage” caused by the lack of women in top positions.

“I genuinely think it’s holding us all back. When women do better, we all do better. Nearly 100 years on from women getting the vote, the biggest question for me is why are we making such slow progress?”

David Cameron and a deluge of women on the front benches The Guardian They’ve tried Punch and Judy, they’ve tried softly-softly; and on Wednesday the parties settled on a new means for settling the balls-out battle for PMQs. A woman-off! David Cameron had been taunted at last week’s question time over his all-male front bench, and he knew just the way to avoid that happening again. Women, an inundation of them, all over the government benches. They were everywhere – seven on the front bench, and four in the row behind, and three in the row behind that, lined up like neat little sandbags on either side of the PM, to keep at bay any accusations of sexism still sloshing around. If you could see only TV pictures, you could almost imagine that there weren’t unbroken rows of white men behind, and our government is inclusive.

Unfortunately, rule one of a woman-off is: have more women than the other lot. Labour’s frontbench had eight. That meant an early win for the opposition, but at least everyone could agree that it was a great day for feminism and nobody felt remotely demeaned by being instructed where to sit and look female.

Inspiring women attend launch of new Sheffield network The Star Deputy PM Nick Clegg’s wife joined hundreds of medics at the launch of a new Sheffield network which aims to stop under-representation of women in top jobs.

Students, doctors, consultants and academics attended the first event organised by the Sheffield Women in Medicine Network.

Key speakers included Miriam González Durántez – a partner at an international law firm, campaign figurehead and wife of Sheffield Hallam MP Mr Clegg.

They told a packed crowd about the personal challenges they have faced during their careers as well as exploring the history of gender divides.

Lisa Rumold asks whether the Conservative Party can win the vote of the female electorate Nouse It’s no secret that Labour commands more female support than the Conservatives. While the Tories won’t let us forget Thatcher, people seem to forget that Thatcher herself was not overly concerned with issues of gender equality. She praised family values and would much rather have seen women at home with children than a society of childcare and crèches.

Female support for the Conservatives is historically low. The line from Labour is that Cameron is pushing his “old boy’s network” way of doing things. He’s failed, they say, in helping women find childcare and addressing the ever-increasing gender pay gap.

Seriously, Labour will never in a million years know as many women as Dave The Guardian Well tbh I gave it to Dave as an ironic thing but actually now I am glad he spent hours filling in his Blondes Brunettes and Redheads notebook? I mean after Harriet Harman said he hates women he was like seriously babes, do I know any, I forget so we checked & literally his book is rammed with *non-swank face* uber-A-listers, I said to Dave, I bet Harriet thing literally dreams of meeting Helena Bonham Carter & Tracey Emin, oh, do we know Wendi Deng, seriously it is ridic, Labour will never in a million years know as many women as you & your book does not even include nannies or the Botox woman or that really angry receptionist at the doctor she has to be a feminist, Dave was like, or eyebrow threaders or teachers or that girl I spoke to about canapes, she was like, will you require a napkin sir. I’m like, plus Mummy, he’s like, do not forget WIVES, babes, eg Sarah Govey plus even Miriam must count as a woman as well as a suffragist?

I’m like, and what about Theresa May, Dave is like, well not so much, I’m like, oh is she in your book, he’s like, babes, do me a favour, it is called Blondes Brunettes and Redheads not Blondes Brunettes Redheads and mad old bats with weird stripy hair lol 🙂 But I could tell something had really got to him because it was actually a kind of bittersweet lol and afterwards he had to play Flappy Bird for like three hours, to forget?

Question time over all-female shortlist Fife Today One thing looks certain when local MP Lindsay Roy stands down ahead of the General Election in 2015.

The person chosen to try and succeed him as Labour’s MP for Glenrothes and Central Fife will be a woman.

The Labour Party’s national Executive committee (NEC) has controversially ruled that a female-only shortlist of prospective Parliamentary candidates will be drawn up when the defence of the seat begins in earnest.

This is at odds with the views of the Glenrothes Constituency Labour Party (CLP) – and Mr Roy himself – who wanted an open shortlist, consisting of male and female nominees drawn from the selection process, when it was asked recently to make a choice.

Party activists accepted the decision was made democratically and aimed at broader community representation, while trying to get more women into the corridors of Westminster.

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