Louise Mensch, take a lesson on privilege from the internet | Laurie Penny

No wonder Mensch finds privilege-checking uncomfortable – the Tory conception of ‘reality’ has never been inclusive Louise Mensch is confused. The erstwhile MP and professional gadfly has published a blogpost decrying “privilege checking”, and longing to return to a species of “reality-based” feminism where everyone would stop bothering her about class, race and money. That’s […]


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Corby byelection: boost for Labour as 12% swing captures seat from Tories

Victory in bellwether seat – the first byelection gain from Conservatives in 15 years – buoys Miliband leadership Labour stormed back into contention in Middle England on Friday when it captured the bellwether seat of Corby in the party’s first byelection gain from the Tories in 15 years. In a significant boost for Ed Miliband’s […]


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It’s annoying, but I can’t help liking Louise Mensch | Deborah Orr

It’s been messy, it’s been infuriating, but ultimately I think in leaving Westminster the former MP did the right thing On Thursday, with the Corby byelection, Louise Mensch leaves parliament. When she arrived at the last election she was still Louise Bagshawe, best known as a writer of chick-lit, and one of the people fast-tracked […]


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Louise Mensch calls Labour MP a sexist

Former Tory MP demands apology after Austin Mitchell tweets: ‘a good wife doesn’t disagree with her master in public’ A Labour MP has insisted he was simply being ironic when he used Twitter to tell the former Tory MP, Louise Mensch, that a “good wife doesn’t disagree with her master in public”. Austin Mitchell was […]


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Who will be the next Louise Mensch? | Media Monkey

The departure of Louise Mensch to foreign shores will leave a gaping hole at the culture, media and sport select committee when it resumes its high-profile interrogations next week with the appearance of the BBC director general, George Entwistle. The committee’s most vocal member, Tom Watson, has also departed because rules prevent him holding a […]


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Louise Mensch wrong to back Sun on Harry pictures, says Nadine Dorries

Tory MP for Mid Bedfordshire accuses Mensch of ‘schmoozing’ Murdoch family in blogpost on ConservativeHome Louise Mensch has been accused by Tory MP Nadine Dorries of having “schmoozed” the Murdoch family after she endorsed the decision of the Sun to publish naked pictures of Prince Harry. In a scathing attack in a blogpost on ConservativeHome, […]


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What Galloway and Akin say about rape says much more about them | Jonathan Freedland

Politicians can maintain the mask when talking about tax. But on matters between men and women, they reveal their true selves What trouble beckons for men when they talk to women. Not all men, of course. But for a certain breed of male politician, it seems the territory marked “women’s issues” is a minefield. That […]


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Louise Mensch: writing herself out of the Tory story | Obserber profile

From chick-lit to Cameron’s A-list, her star never shone brighter than when she skewered the Murdochs. But now she says it’s goodbye to Parliament and hello to the family. And America. She blazed like an exotic firework across the skies of Westminster, before plummeting to the ground in what looked like an act of political […]


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Louise Mensch has handed Labour a golden byelection chance in Corby | Martin Kettle

The real questions in Corby will be the effect of Ukip on the Tory vote, the Lib Dems’ deposit and the size of the Labour majority Visiting Corby this week, Ed Miliband was keen to play down expectations that Labour is a shoo-in for the byelection caused by Louise Mensch’s resignation, the Guardian reported. Well, […]


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MPs like to have a past, but not too much of one… | Barbara Ellen

Are politicians owning up to a druggy adolescence to convince voters of their authenticity? Who saw Louise Mensch on Question Time, refusing to say which class-A drug once “messed with” her head because she didn’t want to “glorify” drugs? It was a wonderful, surreal moment. One could just picture all the future addicts, lying on […]


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