No 10 hits back at 'clique' claim
Downing Street has rejected the suggestion that women are being frozen out of the top positions in government.
Recently-retired senior civil servant Dame Helen Ghosh had claimed David Cameron surrounded himself with a “network of friends” he made at school and university.
Dame Helen told students at Cambridge University: “If you look at the current government, not necessarily back to the Bullingdon Club days, but Cameron, it is true, it is well known, has a clique, a network of friends — the friends he made at school, friends he made at university…
“I do think the fact that politics is so driven by networks does impact on women… Women don’t network. It is actually quite difficult for a woman to get in as part of an Old Etonian clique. They are far too busy doing other things, like bringing up their children, looking after their constituency.”
But the Prime Minister’s Official Spokesperson hit back today: “That's not true, it doesn't accord with the facts. There are a number of women in the Prime Minister’s team.”