More needs done to get women into senior positions

The result in Eatleigh has put pressure on David Cameron. Picture: PA
The result in Eatleigh has put pressure on David Cameron. Picture: PA
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THE Conservative Party, British business and the judiciary need to do more to get women into positions of seniority, the Prime Minister said today.

• Not ‘nearly enough’ female Tory MPs, despite increase at 2010 general election

• Samantha Cameron has pressed her husband to take action on the issue

• David Cameron said there is ‘a lot further to go’ on opening up opportunities to women, during a visit to Unilever in Mumbai

David Cameron acknowledged that - despite the increase at the 2010 general election - there are “not nearly enough” female Tory MPs.

And he said it is not enough for institutions simply to allow women to compete for jobs, without taking action to overcome other barriers to female success.

He revealed that his wife, Samantha, has pressed him for action on the issue.

“My wife likes to say that if you don’t have women in the top places, you are not just missing out on 50 per cent of the talent, you are missing out on a lot more than 50 per cent of the talent - and I think she probably has a point,” he said.

During a visit to Unilever’s headquarters in Mumbai, Mr Cameron was asked by a female employee if Britain had anything to teach India about opening up opportunities to women.

He replied: “We still have a long way to go. If you look at the top businesses in Britain, there still aren’t nearly enough women in the boardroom.

“If you look at politics in Britain, there aren’t nearly enough women around the Cabinet table.

“I think in every walk of life, whether the judiciary, politics or business, there is a lot further to go.”