Women MPs: 'A sea of white men' dominate top jobs in politics, says advisor

Women MPs: 'largely a sea of white men' dominate top jobs in politics, says advisor

Maria Miller MP, chair of the Women and Equalities Committee, speaking at a convention

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

A former advisor to the Labour Party has said the number of female MPs must increase as the top jobs in politics are dominated by "a sea of white men."

Maria Miller MP, chair of the Women and Equalities Committee, called for at least 45% of MPs in the House of Commons to be female. The MP for Basingstoke said that, through legislation, political parties should be opened up to women. 

This comes after the committee released a report which shows that only 30% of MPs are female. 

Ayesha Hazarika, a former advisor to Ed Miliband and Harriet Harman, insisted "a positive action" could lead to this changing.

"I’ve worked in the media and politics," she told Julia Hartley-Brewer. "Looking at the top jobs there, it’s largely a sea of white men.”

“There’s massive job segregation in politics - men do a lot of strategy, whereas women do more of the logistics. 

"When it comes to things like MPs or boards, you do need a positive action to get a very important culture change. Without quotas or womens’ shortlists, we didn’t move the needle in terms of getting women in Parliament.

"In the Labour Party, if we didn’t have the all women's shortlist, we wouldn’t have the record number of female MPs we have now."