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New British Labour leader criticized for lack of women in top positions

September 14, 2015

On Saturday, Jeremy Corbyn, a left-wing politician running on an anti-austerity program – was appointed the new leader for Britain’s Labour Party, taking nearly 60 percent of the vote in a highly convincing victory. Corbyn immediately came under fire from critics, however, for not appointing any women to the five top positions in his shadow cabinet. Several members of his own party have spoken out, with Labour MP Diana Johnson calling the lack of women “disappointing” and Labour MP John Mann dubbing it a “big problem.” When confronted with the criticism by Sky News on the street, Corbyn remained silent and kept walking. Nevertheless, several other positions in the shadow cabinet are filled by women, with others still to be announced, and Hilary Benn – who was appointed shadow foreign secretary – countered criticism by saying that Corbyn was “committed to having a shadow cabinet in which half of its members are women – and that has never happened before.”

Read the full story at The Telegraph.


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