Karren Brady hits back at Ukip leader
Businesswoman Karren Brady has attacked Nigel Farage over claims that some mothers are "worth less" to employers than male colleagues.
The star of BBC's The Apprentice - who last week took her seat as a Tory peer - said the Ukip leader's attitude made her "shudder".
Baroness Brady, who was the first female chief executive of a Premier League football club and is David Cameron's small business ambassador, spoke out at a meeting with entrepreneurs and bosses while campaigning in Rochester and Strood ahead of next week's by-election.
Tory defector Mark Reckless is widely expected to take the seat from his former party - making it the second to fall to the Eurosceptics.
In comments he has subsequently stood by, the Ukip leader has said that a woman who takes two or three years off to have a child "is worth far less to her employer when she comes back" because of losing her client base.
"I do not believe there is any discrimination against women at all," he said.
"I think young, able women that are prepared to sacrifice the family life and stick with their career will do as well, if not better, than men."
Baroness Brady said: "When I read comments from Ukip MEPs saying that women 'don't have the ambition to go right to the top' and when Nigel Farage says women are 'worth less' in business, I shudder.
"These are the attitudes that make women less likely to put themselves forward - just as we need more of the skills and insight they can bring."