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Same-sex marriage

Excellent news regarding same-sex marriage: the Government is planning on holding a consultation next year, with a view to allowing same-sex civil marriage. I’ll certainly be responding in support of marriage equality, and will also ask the Government to allow … Continue reading

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That leaked memo…

There’s recently been something of a backlash against the Conservative’s thoughts about how to help women. The leaked document sets out the issue – that many policies have had a disproportionate effect on women – and some ideas around possible … Continue reading

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Progressive Conservatives

(This post was first published by Hackery Blog on 13 June 2011.) An assertion often made is that the Conservative Party is full of Progressive Conservatives who are, well, not particularly conservative. As a liberal-leaning, One Nation moderate, I strongly … Continue reading

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Ken Clarke and date rape

Whether or not Ken Clarke said something ridiculous and out of touch depends partly on the inclusion of a comma. In responding to a question about why rape sentences were, on average, only five years long, said this: “That includes … Continue reading

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Note to all Davids: think before you speak

A few weeks ago David Willetts said some foolish things about feminism. David Cameron appears to have repeated the trick today at PMQs. The Prime Minister responded to a heckle from Labour MP Angela Eagle with the words “calm down … Continue reading

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The absence of Conservative Women

(This post first appeared at Platform 10 on 5 April 2011.) At the 2005 general election, seventeen women were elected as Conservative MPs. Seventeen men called David were also elected as Conservative MPs, and the Shadow Cabinet contained more Davids … Continue reading

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Parental leave

Apologies for being a couple of days late, but last Sunday the new paternity leave rules affecting fathers came into force. I’m a staunch supporter of flexible maternity and paternity leave, as I mentioned in this post written before the … Continue reading

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