Why I’m looking forward to challenging Gloria de Piero MP at the next general election

Gloria de Piero MP is a Labour MP and the Shadow Minister for Women & Equalities. In 2010 she almost lost a historically safe Labour seat, Ashfield, securing the seat with just 192 votes more than a (male) Lib Dem rival. In July we presented her with our Lying Feminist of the Month award in the light of her lying about the gender pay gap. The background to her award, and a link to her certificate, are here.

A supporter has just alerted me to some utter claptrap on her website, posted just six days ago. It’s a cynical attempt to get women to vote for her, after swallowing her brazen lies about the gender pay gap. She should be utterly ashamed of herself, but as the Shadow Minister for Women & Equalities, she’s presumably immune to shame. Her statement takes up the remainder of this piece.

Growing gender pay gap means women in Ashfield work for free until 2015

November 4th 2014

Labour MP Gloria De Piero has slammed the Government after shock new figures have revealed that the gender pay gap is back on the rise – meaning women in Ashfield will now effectively work for free until 31st December.

This year the day falls on 4 November, THREE days earlier than in 2013 because of the rising pay gap.

Analysis of official figures by Ms De Piero shows women in Ashfield are being paid 82p for every pound a man earns, with women on average earning £8.39 compared to men who earn £10.29 an hour, excluding overtime – a pay gap of 18.5%.

In the East Midlands, the pay gap wasn’t much better at 21 per cent, with women’s median hourly earnings in the region standing at £9.51 compared to men’s which stood at £12.01.

Ms De Piero who is the Shadow Minister for Women & Equalities and Ashfield MP revealed the stats ahead of Equal Pay Day (4th November) – the day women effectively start working for free for the next 57 days because they still earn less than their male counterparts.

To tackle the growing gender pay gap, Labour has unveiled plans to ask big companies with over 250 staff in the region to publish their average hourly pay gap each year to expose whether men and women are being paid differently for doing the same work, and whether too few women occupy senior positions.

Ashfield MP and Shadow Women & Equalities Minister Gloria De Piero said “These shocking figures show the full extent of the gap in pay between men and women in Ashfield. Under the Tories and the Lib Dems, not only do women get paid less than men, but things are getting worse. Only Labour will require companies to publish the hourly wage pay gap of their employees so that together we can take the steps to deliver equal pay for women and men across the country.”

Ms De Piero added; “Women are working an extra three days for free this year because the pay gap is back on the rise. Women shouldn’t have to wait another 50 years for Equal Pay which is why Labour will be calling a vote in Parliament to get big companies to publish their pay gap. If this Government doesn’t act, a Labour Government will.”

About Mike Buchanan

I'm a men's human rights advocate, writer, and publisher. My primary focus is leading the political party I launched in 2013, Justice for Men & Boys (and the women who love them). I still work actively on two campaigns I launched in early 2012, Campaign for Merit in Business and the Anti-Feminism League. In 2014 I launched The Alternative Sexism Project, aiming to raise public understanding that the sexism faced by men and boys has far more grievous consequences than the sexism faced by women and girls.
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