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News from Labour: Labour says Labour is pro-women

News from Labour: Labour says Labour is pro-women
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It's safe to say this week hasn't been the best for Labour. As well as a never-ending reshuffle saga, Corbyn was accused of 'low-level non-violent misogyny' over the lack of women in the top roles in his Shadow Cabinet by Labour MP Jess Phillips.

So with the cabinet officially reshuffled, brains at Labour HQ decided it was time for a very special announcement: they had increased the number of women in their Shadow Cabinet by one! A press release entitled 'NEWS FROM LABOUR: Following the reshuffle women now occupy 17 out of the 31 shadow cabinet positions' was sent around which included the number of women in both the shadow cabinet and the ministerial teams.

To celebrate the party now having its ‘most equal top team ever’, Labour even got two women from Labour to comment on the great news. Shadow Women and Equalities Minister Kate Green says it's time for David Cameron to make his Cabinet 55 per cent women too. Meanwhile Corbyn ally -- and Labour's Shadow Minister for Women -- Cat Smith says 'while the Conservatives like to wax lyrical about gender equality, Labour actually puts its money where its mouth is'.

Of course if Labour really wanted to put its money where its mouth is, they could try appointing a woman to one of the four roles widely seen to be the most senior. While David Cameron has Theresa May as Home Secretary, in Labour the roles of leader, Shadow Chancellor, Shadow Home Secretary and Shadow Foreign Secretary are all still occupied by men.

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Steerpike is The Spectator's gossip columnist, serving up the latest tittle tattle from London and beyond. Email tips to steerpike@spectator.co.uk.

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