Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Shortage of Women Ministers Sees UK Fall in Equality Rankings

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Shortage of Women Ministers Sees UK Fall in Equality Rankings

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Byline: Joseph Watts Political Correspondent

DAVID CAMERON came under fire today after a lack of female government ministers helped send Britain plummeting down a world league table for gender equality.

The humiliating fall is made worse as the UK has been overtaken by France where President Hollande has given a string of top jobs to women.

Out of 142 countries Britain came 75th for the number of women in ministerial jobs and 63rd for the number of women in Parliament.

The UK also performed badly in the boardroom and on employment as it dropped out of the top 20 for gender equality for the first time.

Overall, Britain came 26th in the rankings from the World Economic Forum, behind Moldova, Burundi, Rwanda and Nicaragua.

Shadow minister for women and equalities Gloria De Piero MP said it was "a damning indictment of David Cameron and Nick Clegg's record for women". Minister for women and equalities Nicky Morgan said progress had been made, but added: "There is clearly further work to be done and I am committed to doing more to ensure our democratic institutions truly represent the communities they serve. …

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