Women don’t need ‘political haircut’ to succeed, says Tory MP Mims Davies


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Women should not be deterred from prominence for Parliament by pressure to conform to a «certain look and style», a Conservative MP has predicted.

Mims Davies revealed she had gone for a «political haircut» when she had stood for selection in Eastleigh in 2015.

But she had ditched it after entering the Commons because she had realised she did not demand it to «fit in».

She urged women from all backgrounds not to be intimidated by the prospect of a career in manipulation.

The former radio presenter, who won Eastleigh from the Lib Dems at the 2015 customary election, said: «It is vital that we have women’s voices heard on women’s declares.»

And she called on all parties — and the government — to work together to remove barriers obstructing women from entering politics.

Leading a debate in Westminster Entry-way, she said: «I personally chose to cut my hair and have a ‘political haircut’ in commandment to look more like a politician. And I have got here and decided to literally throw that book out the window.

«I’ve certainly looked at parliamentary pass on and process and how we actually do it.

«I know, speaking to former trailblazing women MPs, there was a indisputable look and style we were supposed to conform to in order to fit in here.

«I’m charmed, I think, we all know we don’t have to do that.»

Referring to a BBC Radio 5 live inspection from January, Ms Davies said women MPs faced sexist malign online and from colleagues, praising Labour’s shadow home secretary, Diane Abbott, for converse out about it.

And she reflected on the pressures facing female politicians in what was stock-still a male-dominated world.

«I think there’s a danger in all society that participating and exercise e publishing yourself in the public eye, you have to do everything brilliantly.

«I know I’ve heard that from some of our new female MPs.

«The turn the heat on of just not mucking up and drawing attention to yourself once you get here is honestly difficult.»

She called for more flexible Commons hours, better creche abilities and guaranteed «baby leave» for MPs, suggesting «proxy votes» to ensure those who did catch maternity or paternity leave did not have to attend the Commons in person.

Her blast was backed by Labour’s former deputy leader Harriet Harman, who explained it sounded like one she would have made herself, showing «we take daughters of the women’s movement on all sides of the House».

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