Parliament's attitude to women-modernising or playing for time? [Here is the City]

A seemingly minor concession made to a female MP has made headline news-in this report, what this shows about Parliament’s attitude to women is explored.

On Tuesday night,something happened which, to the majority of society, wouldn’t be headline news: Allowances were made for MP Lucy Powell, to cast her vote on the Finance Bill, despite not being in the chamber, because her baby son was with her.

Surprisingly, this was the first time such an exception had happened; normally the process, known as “nodded through” is only used when MPs are too unwell to physically enter the debate.

Has the event, as some commentators have suggested, shown Parliament, and indeed, politics as a whole, as becoming more equal in regards to gender?

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