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Theresa May puts on style in response to Naomi Long

East Belfast MP Naomi Long declared herself surprised to receive "frivolous, albeit fascinating" details of the Home Secretary's personal fashion choices in response to a written Parliamentary question.

Raising a point of order in the Commons, Alliance's Ms Long recalled she had asked Theresa May - in the Home Secretary's other role as Minister for Women and Equalities - about equality laws and dress codes in the workplace.

Ms May earlier replied, perhaps tongue-in-cheek: "Today I am wearing a silver grey trouser suit and a pair of shoes from LK Bennett.

"As Home Secretary I have not found that traditional gender-based workplace dress codes have held me back.

"Indeed, I believe they encourage a sense of professionalism in the workplace."

Yesterday, Ms Long told MPs she had been "intrigued" by the response and inquired at the Table Office about whether she could "seek regular sartorial insight" from ministers via written questions.

She joked she was advised that since the choice ministers make before leaving home such as "whether to wash, shave or wear blue underpants" were entirely personal, not part of their ministerial responsibility or subject to Government policy, it would not be in order for her to do so.

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