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Twelve-week wait, MEPs for Remain, Dame Inga Beale

Why wait 12 weeks to announce a pregnancy? Remain MEPs Lib Dem Irina von Wiese & Alexandra Phillips of the Green Party. Dame Inga Beale on the need for gender quotas and targets.

When journalist Rebecca Reid discovered she was pregnant she didn’t want to wait until her 12 week scan to share her news. But, having told friends, family and even colleagues, at 10 weeks Rebecca discovered she had miscarried. She joins Jane to explain why she doesn’t regret her decision to announce her pregnancy before 12 weeks, along with Leah Hazard, author of Hard Pushed: A Midwife’s Story.

What impact is a recent rape case having on calls for a change in laws around sexual abuse having in Spain? We're joined by Barcelona journalist Meaghan Beatley to discuss the so-called 'Wolfpack' trial and its repercussions.

Three years ago Britain voted in a referendum to leave the European Union by 52 to 48 per cent. The country remains divided and in the EU elections last month many voters rejected the Conservative and Labour Party. Yesterday we spoke to two female MEPs elected last month for the new Brexit Party which benefited from the votes of frustrated Leave supporters. The Liberal Democrats, who back another referendum, were the major beneficiary of the Remain vote seeing their numbers grow from one to 16 seats in the new parliament. And, the Greens who have increasingly been seen, especially by some women voters, as an appealing alternative have also seen their vote share increase – taking seven seats this time. Irina von Wiese is a Lib Dem MEP for the London region and Alexandra Phillips is a Green MEP for the South East of England region. With the opening session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg next week, we ask what they hope to do in a job they are due to vacate when the UK leaves the EU on October 31st.

Dame Inga Beale was the first female CEO of Lloyds of London- she was there for five years until the end of last year. She’s now left the job but made a speech in Cambridge recently in which she said “quotas and targets in all sorts of areas” are needed. She tells us why.

Presented by Jane Garvey
Produced by Jane Thurlow

Interviewed guest: Leah Hazard
Interviewed guest: Rebecca Reid
Interviewed guest: Irina von Wiese
Interviewed guest: Alex Philips
Interviewed guest: Inga Beale
Interviewed guest: Meaghan Beatley

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