The latest scandal embroiling Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn is over after work drinks, or as he put it, ‘early evening socialisation’.
Speaking at the launch of his equality manifesto, he said:
“[After-work drinking] benefits men who don’t feel the need to be at home looking after their children and it discriminates against women who will want to, obviously, look after the children that they have got”
Corbyn has come under fire from feminist sources, who claim that he’s suggesting that it is only a woman’s responsibility to look after children after work.
A Spokesperson for Corbyn later distanced him from the claims, adding:
“He instead highlighted a concern among many women’s groups and the head of the CBI that a male-led after-work networking culture in some workplaces can be detrimental to the career progression of female co-workers who can feel excluded, especially those women with caring responsibilities.”
In the manifesto, Corbyn called for the creation of all-women shortlists for parliamentary seats, with the aim of making the House of Commons gender-balanced.