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Sophy Ridge

Senior Political Correspondent and Blogger — Sky News, The Telegraph

Senior Political Correspondent Sky News. Telegraph blogger, Metro columnist, crazy cat lady

'Mama Merkel' is sinking as the world's most powerful woman - and fast — Angela Merkel's influence in Europe and across the world has always been built on her strength back home in Germany, where "Mama Merkel" has basked in high personal approval ratings and a comfortable base of support. That is now under threat.

Keith Vaz Under Pressure To Step Aside Over Sex Claims — Keith Vaz is under pressure to step aside as chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee following claims he paid for sex. The married Labour MP allegedly paid for the services of two male escorts, discussed using the drug "Poppers" and offered to pay for a Class A drug, according to the Sunday Mirror.

Prime Minister Theresa May Rules Out General Election Before 2020 — The Prime Minister has ruled out calling a snap general election before 2020 to try and ensure "stability". It comes after speculation Theresa May would take advantage of her poll lead over Jeremy Corbyn to try and bolster her fragile majority in the House of Commons.

Clegg's Wife Serves Up Ice-Cold Revenge In Cookbook — If Miriam Gonzalez Durantez's new cookbook is anything to go by, revenge is a dish best served (freezing) cold. It's no secret that the coalition marriage between the Conservatives and the Lib Dems was an unhappy one - the sickly sweet Rose Garden vows quickly soured before the painful General Election split.

When May Met Merkel: A New Relationship — As she arrived in Berlin for her first foreign trip as Prime Minister, Theresa May gave Angela Merkel a belated birthday present. Two books on hiking - Coast to Coast with Wainwright and Great Mountain Days in Snowdonia - may not seem like the most glamorous present for the most powerful woman in Europe but Merkel and May are not showy people.

Theresa May's Cabinet is more gender balanced than you think — The Department of Justice - more critical than ever as the UK must disentangle itself from EU law - is now run by Liz Truss. Andrea Leadsom, Karen Bradley and Priti Patel - a diverse trio of women if ever I saw one - have all been selected to head up departments.

The Tory leadership race has exposed the embarrassing truth about Labour's record on women — If you speak to Labour MPs, many take a rather sniffy view of the Conservative Party's record on women. They bring up the lack of gender equality around the cabinet table. The fact there are proportionately far more female MPs on the opposition benches than the government.

The women are coming - welcome to the new female face of politics — After the shock of the vote to leave the European Union, the cards in Westminster have been tossed high into the air and everyone is waiting to see how they will fall.

Jo Cox murder: Death threats and sexual torment have become part of the job for our MPs - enough is enough — Jo Cox, the Labour MP for Batley and Spen, would bring her daughters into Portcullis House for tea in the Houses of Parliament. The two little girls, aged three and five, won't be able to visit Westminster with their mum anymore. She was murdered on Thursday, shot three times, stabbed and kicked as she lay bleeding on the pavement.

EU referendum - Five female politicians vs one man: Was this the night British politics changed? — Andrea Leadsom, who has also performed strongly in previous weeks, had another good night last night. Unlike some other Leave campaigners, she is capable of pushing the economic case in a calm and believable manner. On the Labour side, Angela Eagle is increasingly being talked about by MPs in Westminster's bars and tea rooms as a possible "unity candidate" to take on Jeremy Corbyn.
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