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Sexism row over Clarks' shoe names

Footwear firm Clarks has sparked a sexism row after naming a shoe range for girls Dolly Babe and a boys' line as Leader.

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon was among those to criticise the well-known company, which has apologised for any offence caused.

The Dolly Babe range, featuring a heart print detail, has been withdrawn from the website and the firm said it is removing the name from in-store products. The Leader shoes, which carry a football image, remain on sale online.

SNP leader Ms Sturgeon tweeted: "It is almost beyond belief that in 2017 a major company could think this is in any way acceptable. Shows what we are still up against."

Clarks said the Dolly Babe range is "an old and discontinued line, with only remaining stock being sold through our stores". It said it had removed it from sale online after "customer feedback regarding the name", and added it is working to remove the name from remaining in-store stock.

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