From Daily Mirror: The Tories have picked as their London mayor candidate Shaun Bailey, who has a track record of making offensive comments on a range of issues from race relations to single parenthood.
Tories name Brandon Lewis ‘voice of women in politics’ three weeks after he broke pairing with pregnant Jo Swinson
From Sky News: A proposed law to make “upskirting” a specific criminal offence has been blocked by a Tory MP.
The Voyeurism (Offences) Bill was stopped in its tracks when #Christchurch MP Sir Christopher Chope objected to it being given a second reading in the Commons.
The bill, which was proposed by Liberal Democrat MP Wera Hobhouse and supported by ministers, was expected to get the nod through the Commons on Friday.
Blocking its progress only requires one MP to shout “object” when the title of a private member’s bill is read out.
Speaker Bercow intervened – to applause from some Labour MPs – after Mr Johnson referred to shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry as Lady Nugee.
Ms Thornberry is married to High Court judge Sir Christopher Nugee – but chooses to go by her maiden name.
Mr Bercow said it was “inappropriate” and sexist to refer to her as Lady Nugee.
From The Independent: Theresa May has backed Toby Young to continue in his new role with the higher education watchdog, despite mounting pressure to sack him over a series of misogynistic and homophobic tweets.
From Huffpost: Jacob Rees-Mogg has called abortions after rape a “second wrong”, while reiterating his strict anti-abortion stance. He had a heated exchange with the BBC’s Emma Barnett.
From The Pool: The Tory government has confirmed that a portion of the money raised from the so-called Tampon Tax will go towards anti-abortion charity Life. Despite outcry from MPs and a number of petitions, the charity will receive a quarter of a million pounds of a £12m total shared with other women’s charities.
From The Guardian: Jacob Rees-Mogg, the Conservative grassroots’ favoured candidate to succeed Theresa May, has said he is against same-sex marriage and opposes abortion even in cases of rape.
Rees-Mogg, who is a father of six, said he was “completely opposed to abortion” and said he believed life began at the point of conception. “With same-sex marriage, that is something that people are doing for themselves. With abortion, that is what people are doing to the unborn child,” he said.
Asked whether he would be against terminations in all circumstances including rape, he replied: “Afraid so.”
From The Guardian: A Conservative candidate in a key marginal seat has said a woman’s “promiscuity” is relevant in determining how likely it is that she consented to sex in alleged rape cases.
Peter Cuthbertson, who is seeking election as the Tory candidate in Darlington, expressed a series of controversial views in a prominent blog he wrote in the early 2000s.
He praised a “courageous priest jailed in Sweden for preaching against homosexuality” and wrote several blogposts about rape claims, including one arguing against proposals to make men prove they obtained consent before sex and restrictions on bringing up a woman’s sexual history in court. Read more
From Russia Today: An openly anti-feminist Conservative MP has been appointed to the Commons Women & Equalities Committee, which is responsible for holding the Government to account on women’s rights.
Shipley MP Philip Davies, who had argued that women only wanted equality “when it suits,” was elected to the Select Committee without opposition. Read more
From the Independent: Seven male Tory MPs voted against a bill to make big companies reveal their gender pay gap, it has been revealed. They were Adam Afriyie (Windsor), Aidan Burley (Cannock Chase), Christopher Chope (Christchurch), Stewart Jackson (Peterborough), David Nuttall (Bury North), Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury), and John Whittingdale (Maldon).