Tuesday 25 October 2016

Toksvig campaign for women's rights

Published 30/04/2015 | 12:26

Sandi Toksvig is quitting The News Quiz
Sandi Toksvig is quitting The News Quiz

Comic Sandi Toksvig has revealed she quit Radio 4's The News Quiz for a career in politics with a newly-formed party campaigning for women's rights.

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The broadcaster, who has been in charge for more than 220 episodes over 28 series, will bow out of the show in June to work for the Women's Equality Party.

She told Radio 4's Woman's Hour: "I have made jokes over and over again about politics and you know this election I've had enough and I have decided that instead of making jokes about it I need to participate so I am involved in the founding of a new political party."

She said the party, started by journalist Catherine Mayer, was a "fantastic group of women and indeed men who have decided enough is enough".

Toksvig said the new party was "not going to be right or left" and would look for "practical and possible" solutions to improve the position of women in society.

She said: "One of my other ambitions if I wasn't going to be a politician I'd like to be D octor Who. How is it Doctor Who can regenerate as anything and so far has only chosen to be a white middle class man?"

The comedian said "thousands" of people had been in touch about joining the party which would launch in September and aim to field candidates in 2020.

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