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Doran: fisheries minister 'may not be for a woman'

A Labour MP is facing a backlash after he said the job of fisheries minister may not be a job for a woman.

Frank Doran said in the House of Commons that he could not remember if there ever had been a female in the role. He added that he was “not sure it is a job for a woman”.

The MP for Aberdeen North later attempted to clarify his remarks, and denied that they were sexist.

“That was not a sexist remark,” he said. “I know the fishing industry very well.”

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan told the Daily Mail that his comments were "outrageous, deeply offensive and seriously undermine work to raise aspiration amoung young women and girls."

Liberal Democrat MP Julian Huppert said the comment was "astonishing" and "shows a very outdated attitude".

"There is absolutely no reason why women couldn't occupy any job in government, or indeed any job around the country," he said. "Their gender is simply not relevant."

 

 


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