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December 2009 Blog Posts (5)

At last, plans for a creche in the House of Commons

Children of MPs to be cared for in Parliament’s first crèche



MPs taking part in late night Commons' votes will be able to drop their children off to be cared for in a purpose-built £400,000 crèche from September.



By Rosa Prince, Political Correspondent, The Telegraph

Published: 4:18PM GMT 15 Dec 2009



Under plans to be announced shortly, the House of Commons will for the first time offer a flexible "short-term, short-notice" child minding service on… Continue

Added by Lee Chalmers on December 30, 2009 at 17:26 — No Comments

Time article on the Future of Work

Women Will Rule Business

By CLAIRE SHIPMAN AND KATTY KAY Thursday, May. 14, 2009



Work-life balance. In most corporate circles, it's the sort of phrase that gives hard-charging managers the hives, bringing to mind yoga-infused, candlelit meditation sessions and — more frustratingly — rows of empty office cubicles.



So, what if we renamed work-life balance? Let's call it something more masculine and appealing, something like ... um ... Make More Money. That might… Continue

Added by Lee Chalmers on December 30, 2009 at 16:28 — No Comments

Top bankers destroy value, study (written by women) claims

From the FT today, 14th Dec 2009



(Full report here: http://www.neweconomics.org/publications/bit-rich)



"Bankers should count themselves lucky they are being hit by a mere 50 per cent additional tax on bonuses, a new report argues today, because their benefit to society is negative.



The New Economics Foundation, a left-leaning think-tank, says that by contrast hospital cleaners and many other… Continue

Added by Lee Chalmers on December 14, 2009 at 11:41 — No Comments

British Government not backing UK Women for CEDAW Vacancies and the new UN Super-Agency For Women

British Government not backing UK Women for CEDAW Vacancies and the new UN Super-Agency For Women



Further to the response by Michael Foster to written Questions in the Commons from the MP Jo Swinson (see below at ‘Questions tabled and answered in the House of Commons’), the eminent human rights and equal opportunities Queen’s Counsel Lord Lester plans to table the following Questions in the Upper House:



Lord Lester of Herne Hill QC

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what… Continue

Added by Lee Chalmers on December 8, 2009 at 21:03 — No Comments

Brighton to hold first ever all-female parliamentary election

Brighton Argus



9:41am Saturday 5th December 2009

By Andy Chiles »





Brighton is set to hold what is believed to be the first all-female parliamentary election ever in Britain.



The milestone has been reached after the Liberal Democrats revealed Andrew Falconer, their original candidate for the Brighton Pavilion constituency, had pulled out and would be replaced by one of a shortlist of four women.



Whoever is selected will stand against… Continue

Added by Lee Chalmers on December 5, 2009 at 14:03 — No Comments

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