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Women don't need 'political haircut' to succeed, says Tory MP Mims Davies

Women don't need 'political haircut' to succeed, says Tory MP Mims Davies
From BBC - September 13, 2017

Women should not be deterred from standing for Parliament by pressure to conform to a "certain look and style", a Conservative MP has said.

Mims Davies revealed she had gone for a "political haircut" when she had stood for election in Eastleigh in 2015.

But she had ditched it after entering the Commons because she had realised she did not need it to "fit in".

She urged women from all backgrounds not to be intimidated by the prospect of a career in politics.

The former radio presenter, who won Eastleigh from the Lib Dems at the 2015 general election, said: "It is vital that we have women's voices heard on women's issues."

And she called on all parties - and the government - to work together to remove barriers preventing women from entering politics.

Leading a debate in Westminster Hall, she said: "I personally chose to cut my hair and have a 'political haircut' in order to look more like a politician. And I have got here and decided to actually throw that book out the window.

"I have certainly looked at parliamentary procedure and process and how we actually do it.

"I know, speaking to former trailblazing women MPs, there was a certain look and style we were supposed to conform to in order to fit in here.

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