Women’s minister forced to forego equal pay

// 16 May 2005

The new junior women’s minister, Meg Munn, will have to work unpaid, the Telegraph reports.

Munn will have to forego her junior minister’s salary, leading to very understandable accusations that the Government is not taking women’s rights seriously.

Downing Street denied that Blair “forgot” he needed to appoint a women’s minister, but one way or another this is a worrying sign.

The Conservatives’ shadow women’s minister, Eleanor Laing, said, very aptly: “How can Meg Munn stand up in the House of Commons and argue for equal pay for women when she’s not being paid the same as her ministerial colleagues? This is an insult to women.”

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