Mother-in-law jokes 'not banned'
A council has denied banning mother-in-law jokes after it was reported the puns had been outlawed.
A national newspaper reported that the north London council created a 12-page booklet saying the jokes were "offensively sexist" and disrespectful to "family elders".
A spokeswoman for Barnet Council said a document was created but was not widely published. It said there was no policy on the jokes but expects staff to be "polite" to members of public.
She said it was a handout given to 35 members of staff after a "one off" equality and diversity training session.
The spokeswoman said: "Barnet council does not have a policy on mother-in-law jokes.
"There is no booklet and no ban on mother-in-law jokes.
"Our advice to staff is that they should be polite and avoid giving offence to any member of the public."