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Cherie Blair would like more women ministers

26th August 2009

Cherie Blair believes the current number of women in government is 'unacceptable'.

Speaking at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, the wife of the former prime minister Tony Blair said she believes gender proportions in parliament should reflect the UK's demographics.

She said: 'I think it's unacceptable because I think politics and representative democracy should be exactly that.

'You don't have to have exactly 51 per cent women - because there are actually more women in our population - but it does need to have a proper, not just women's voice, but a woman's face.'

Current prime minister Gordon Brown came under fire earlier this year from departing female ministers for his treatment women in ministerial positions.

In June, former Europe minister Caroline Flint said that Mr Brown treated female ministers as little more than 'window dressing'.

Her resignation came just days after she claimed that she had no intention of leaving the prime minister's cabinet, of which she was 'very proud' to be a member.

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