Rishi Sunak accused of sexism for comments about mums in House of Commons

Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak

Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak - Credit: PA

Rishi Sunak has been accused of sexism after telling MPs that “mums everywhere” are owed a debt of thanks for “juggling childcare and work” during lockdown.

The chancellor was responding to a question in the Commons specifically about mothers who are working while dealing with childcare and home schooling responsibilities, although there was no mention of fathers in his answer.

Speaking in the Commons, Conservative MP Joy Morrissey said: “Many female business owners have found themselves working full-time jobs at home while bearing full-time responsibility for childcare and home schooling all at the same time.

“May I thank my right honourable friend for all the steps he is taking to alleviate the difficulties experienced by mothers who just want to work and contribute to the economy with their children safely back in school.”

Sunak replied: “My honourable friend is absolutely right and we owe mums everywhere an enormous debt of thanks for doing the enormously difficult job of juggling childcare and work at this tricky time.

You may also want to watch:

“I know she will join me in being happy that early years settings have been open for a while.

“But she’s absolutely right, the only way to sustainably solve this challenge is to safely reopen our schools as quickly as we can.”

Most Read

Responding to the remark at Treasury questions, Labour deputy leader Angela Rayner wrote on Twitter: “Erm Rishi Sunak you know mums work too and don’t just look after the kids and make meals..?

“That’s why Labour is demanding flexible furlough for working parents balancing work with childcare and home schooling.

“Happy to brief you on the inequality and sexism women face at work.”

Following the criticism, Sunak tweeted a clip of the question and his answer, adding: “For clarity I was answering a question about mums.”

Become a Supporter

The New European is proud of its journalism and we hope you are proud of it too. We believe our voice is important - both in representing the pro-EU perspective and also to help rebalance the right wing extremes of much of the UK national press. If you value what we are doing, you can help us by making a contribution to the cost of our journalism.

Become a Supporter
Comments powered by Disqus