Sunday 11 December 2016

We need more women in politics, but quotas are not the answer

Published 16/09/2015 | 02:30

Constance Markievicz is FF’s figurehead for its female candidate drive
Constance Markievicz is FF’s figurehead for its female candidate drive

The ballot papers were barely counted this week when newly crowned UK Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn found himself at the centre of a "petticoat power" controversy.

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The maverick left-wing politician had no time to revel in his stunning leadership election victory, but instead found himself in female hot water for not appointing women to his top shadow cabinet posts.

Party MP Diana Johnson even took to Twitter to chastise her new leader for "old-fashioned male- dominated Labour politics". Not a great start for Jeremy.

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