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Theresa May and husband Philip spark outcry with 'sexist' comments

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 10/05/2017 Francesca Gillett

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Theresa May sparked outcry with viewers of BBC’s The One Show tonight after she said there are specific “boy jobs and girl jobs” around the house.

The Prime Minister, 60, and husband Philip, 59, appeared laughing and joking on the popular chat show for an interview which covered Brexit, Banksy and her love of shoes.

But many TV viewers hit out at comments made by the couple in the first few minutes of the programme when discussing how the high-flying pair divide up household chores.

Investment manager Philip, who met the PM when they were both students at Oxford University, was asked how hard it is to negotiate with his wife, who has been described by colleagues as “b**** difficult”.

Mr May, told presenter Alex Jones said: “Well it’s a good question. There’s give and take in every marriage. I get to decide when to take the bins out not if I take the bins out.”

The Conservative leader then chimed in and added: “There’s boy and girl jobs your see”.

Mr May said: “I definitely do the taking the bins out, I do the traditional boy job by and large.”

Viewers of the programme took to Twitter to discuss the comments, which many claimed were outdated.

Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale said online: “Seconds in to The One Show, the Prime Minister tells the country there are ‘boy jobs and girl jobs’ at home – I despair.”

Another Twitter user, Jonny Dillon, said: “Me: *checks date in case it’s 1972 again and I’d not realised*”


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