Jeremy Corbyn refuses to back down in after-work drinks row

Posted On: 
3rd September 2016

Jeremy Corbyn has refused to back down in the row over his claims women are discriminated against by after-work drinking.

Jeremy Corbyn has been accused of sexism over his remarks about after-work drinking
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The Labour leader caused controversy by saying “early evening socialisation” was unfair on female workers.

Speaking at the launch of his equality manifesto, Mr Corbyn said that 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".

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Critics accused him of sexism for appearing to suggest that only women feel a responsibility to look after their children once they finish work.



A spokesman for the Jeremy for Labour campaign rejected claims that Mr Corbyn wanted to ban after-work drinks.

But he added: "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."