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Sexism spat over DUP man’s 'she's away shopping' quip to SDLP MLA

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An SDLP MLA has accused a DUP counterpart of sexism after he said she “must be away shopping” when a technical breakdown cut off her video-link at a Stormont meeting.

Foyle representative Sinead McLaughlin, a former chief executive of Derry Chamber of Commerce, said it was a “childish and unnecessary” comment from Gordon Dunne. She said he never would have made it about a male politician whose video-link suffered a glitch during a meeting.