Female MPs overlooked for promotion when they pose for GQ
WOMEN MPs who get all dolled-up and pose for men’s magazines are not taken seriously, experts have claimed.
The Institute for Studies found that female politicians who like to think they are sex symbols and spend their constituents’ valuable time looking sultry tend not to make the shortlist for parliamentary under-secretary at the department for work and pensions.
Professor Henry Brubaker said: “We spoke to a dozen cabinet ministers and they all said they wanted someone who could do the job competently and was politically astute rather than someone who would be spending much of the day being photographed holding a lollipop.
“They want someone who gives good Newsnight as opposed to someone whose inbox is full of questions from Zoo magazine about the strangest hole in which they have had sexual intercourse.”
The study was conducted after seven-out-of-ten Tory MP Louise Mensch told GQ: “What do I have to do to get promoted over here? Do I need to straddle this chair and make you think I would blow you?
“Every time there is a raft of PPS promotions and my name is not on them, I have to sit down and think, ‘should I be doing Playboy? Is that it?’.”
Brubaker added: “Government needs a diversity of talents. But does that include a politician who thinks the best way to propel herself into the ministerial ranks is to look sexually available in a glossy magazine for middle class self-abusers? Who knows?
“That said, all the cabinet ministers we spoke to did express an interest in having sex with Louise Mensch. Theresa May offered us money.”