Labour MP Jess Phillips: Left-wing men are 'literally the worst' sexists

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Labour MP Jess Phillips has accused left-wing men of being the “absolute worst” sexists who neglect the fight for equality.

The Birmingham MP claimed that although left- wing men wanted to see equality for all women “they don’t think of women on the same level”.

She revealed that a leading Guardian journalist, whom she refused to identify, “lectured” her that Harriet Harman was “not that great for women” while leader Jeremy Corbyn always “voted in the right way”.

Mr Corbyn has faced some criticism for largely employing men in the top jobs in the shadow cabinet.

According to The Times, Ms Phillips sarcastically told the Edinburgh International Book Festival: “So yeah, Jeremy Corbyn better for women than Harriet Harman, obviously.

“I remember him in all those meetings, there with his banners for [equality].”

She added: “When [left-wing men] close their eyes at night and think of amazing people who have changed the world, it’s always some white dude that pops into their head.”

Ms Phillips, elected to Parliament in 2015, has become a leading figure in the fight against sexism in politics and society.

She was asked was asked whether the “out and out sexists of the right” were worse than the “well-meaning” of the left.

The 35-year-old MP replied: “They [the left-wing men] are the worst, the actual worst.

“Men said they supported better female representation but, when it came to losing their own jobs, they would say, ‘Oh, you mean me? But I am so clever. I’ve got so much to offer the world’.

“They are literally the worst.”

Ms Phillips told attendees at the festival she was regularly abused on Twitter by “dunder-heided Neanderthals” and was often victim to online death-threats.

In criticising her own party, Ms Phillips added that women were “entirely missing” from Labour’s industrial strategy because it was all about “men with shovels”.


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