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International Women's Day

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 1:41 pm on 11th March 2010.

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Photo of Eleanor Laing Eleanor Laing Shadow Minister (Justice) 1:41 pm, 11th March 2010

Does my right hon. Friend agree that it is sad-I really mean that-that so many women on the Labour Benches who have made a great contribution to the House in the past 13 years are deciding voluntarily not to stand at the next election? That is one reason why the number of women in the House is likely to diminish, and it is sad that they are choosing to leave. That is testimony to the fact that it is still much more difficult for a woman to carry out the duties of a Member of Parliament than it is for a man.