Are they really little more than 'window dressing'?
Caroline Flint’s resignation as Europe Minister last Friday followed a week that also saw high profile Ministers such as Hazel Blears, Jacqui Smith and Beverley Hughes leave the government. In her resignation letter, Caroline accused Gordon Brown of having ‘a two tier government’ and treating her and several of the other women attending cabinet as 'little more than female window dressing’. So what went wrong? These women were amongst the 101 female Labour MPs - or Blair Babes as they were called - who entered parliament with high hopes back in 1997. Jane talks to Diane Abbott, Labour MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington, and Anne McElvoy, Executive Editor of the London Evening Standard.