10 JANUARY 2018

This week, Theresa May announced a new years cabinet reshuffle, which saw a big increase in the number of female and ethnic minority ministers.

Fawcett Society Chief Executive Sam Smethers says: 

"With more women and minority ethnic MPs promoted into government the PM has begun to present a more representative line-up, that's to be welcomed.

"But the party still has a long way to go to get more women into politics. Just 21% of Tory MPs are women. And we have to transform the culture in Westminster which has normalised sexual harassment.

"We're looking forward to all those female whips' conversations with some of their male colleagues. But a woman Chief Whip would have been even better.

"We welcome Amber Rudd's appointment as Minister for Women and Equalities but a reshuffle innovation would be to announce this post first, not leave it until the end so it looks like an afterthought."

As The Guardian reports, four of the 10 women attending meetings are not full members of cabinet, which means May’s leading team has a gender pay gap with men earning on average £138,688, 11% more than the women at £124,758.

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