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Senior Political Correspondent and Blogger — Sky News, Telegraph

Senior Political Correspondent, Sky News. Telegraph blogger. South Londoner, cat lover. http://Instagram.com/sophyridge https://www.facebook.com/sophyridge1

The bitter truth about why we never elect women

telegraph.co.uk — Forty-one years ago, Margaret Thatcher was elected leader of the Conservative Party. If that was supposed to herald a smashing of Westminster's ancient ceilings... well, it didn't. Since 1975, a woman has never been voted in as leader of either Labour or the Conservatives. In America they don't even have the blip of Margaret Thatcher.
Feb 08, 2016

Must reads: 2 excellent columns in recent days on why women don't get elected in US & UK thetimes.co.uk/tto/opinion/co… telegraph.co.uk/women/politics…

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Donald Trump is running scared of a woman with tricky questions - I know the signs

telegraph.co.uk — There's a reason why Andrew Neil struggles to find Cabinet Ministers to undergo his interrogation on the Daily Politics, or why Ed Miliband's team confided in me they would always sweat before a Sky News' Dermot Murgnahan interview. It's because they are brilliant interviewers.

Labour To Be Investigated Over 'EdStone'

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Donald Trump UK Ban To be Debated By MPs

news.sky.com — MPs will debate banning Donald Trump from the UK after 570,000 people signed an online petition calling for him to be refused entry. The outspoken billionaire sparked controversy after he demanded a "total and complete shutdown" of Muslims entering the US.

Google Search: How Voters See Politicians

news.sky.com — Voters are interested in David Cameron's wealth, Jeremy Corbyn's bicycle and whether female politicians are married, according to analysis of Google autocomplete. The predictions that appear when you type into the search engine are a reflection of what other users are Googling, and often act as a painfully honest insight into what people care about.
Jan 15, 2016

Voters care about Cameron's wealth, Corbyn's bicycle & May's husband. My depressing journey into Google Autocomplete news.sky.com/story/1623254/…

Jan 15, 2016

What happens when you type politicians names into Google? My disturbing autocomplete journey news.sky.com/story/1623254/… pic.twitter.com/CbuWTk7Awy

Chelsea Clinton is sweating for her mum. The rise of political power Lycra

telegraph.co.uk — There's a new craze sweeping Washington and Westminster, and it's all about fitness. Politicians are showing off their addiction to sprinting, squatting and spinning in the ultimate humble brag. Michelle Obama is (as usual) at the forefront of the latest trend.

Trump vs Clinton: The row over sexism just got dirty

telegraph.co.uk — Do you remember the days when Donald Trump was a great chum of the Clintons? When the bouffant bobbed billionaire invited Hillary to his 2005 wedding and defended Bill when the infamous White House scandal hit? (Even their daughters Ivanka and Chelsea are pals). Well, those days are well and truly over.

7 political women to watch in 2016

telegraph.co.uk — After the shocks and surprises of 2015, everyone knows that political predictions are a mug's game. Who could have anticipated a Conservative majority government; Jeremy Corbyn winning the Labour leadership; or the SNP pinching 56 out of 59 seats in Scotland?

The political women who made waves in 2015

telegraph.co.uk — It's been a good year for women in politics. Following May's general election, one in three MPs in Britain is now female and the youngest MP since 1667 is a woman too: 20-year-old SNP politician Mhairi Black.

State School? I'd Rather Beg: Letwin's Gaffes

news.sky.com — David Cameron's policy chief has been forced to apologise for suggesting that black entrepreneurs would set up businesses in the "disco and drug trade". In a 1985 memo responding to the Broadwater Farm riot in North London, recently released by the National Archives, Oliver Letwin said: "The root of social malaise is not poor housing, or youth 'alienation', or the lack of a middle class.
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Feb 11, 2016

Shad Health Secretary @heidi_mp really going for it against Jeremy Hunt, accusing him of "the biggest gamble w/ patient safety...ever seen"

Feb 10, 2016

Tusk says he's hoping to achieve support for "my proposal". Not sure that's the impression Cameron wants to give... consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press…

Feb 10, 2016

A "fragile political process" doesn't seem like the most optimistic phrase ever... twitter.com/eucopresident/…


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