It seems Tory MPs entered the spirit of International Women’s Day in the Members’ tea room in the House of Commons in their own traditional way...
Check out this account by Nadine Dorries, which demonstrates how comfortable existing Tory MPs really are with woman MPs:
Nadine Dorries - pictured here - writes in her own blog diary:
TV interview at 8am in Millbank; then back down to the members’ tea room for breakfast. I don’t know why I bothered – I walked right into a trap.Nadine Dorries is Tory MP for Mid-Bedfordshire.
The men started talking to me about International Women’s Day, and I of course, being the earnest person I am started talking about how there are more women in the Afghanistan and Iraq parliaments than there are in Britain, when one said “yes, but can they keep on top of the ironing?”
It went on and on in that vein, much laughter at my expense, again.
Here's an interesting fact: Cameron keeps on telling us he wants to see more women in Parliament.
But guess how many of the last 15 Tory parliamentary candidates selected by Conservative Associations have been women...Five, three, two....?
Nope. None. They've all been men. Every one of them.
Meanwhile, Cameron has clearly been irritated by Labour MP Dawn Butler’s hounding over his membership of the exclusive all-male gentleman’s club Whites.
A thoroughly modern party then Dave, eh...?