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Commons leader condemns decision to ban female golfer amid discrimination row

The golfer claims she was suspended after speaking out against alleged discrimination against women at the club.


Andrea Leadsom warning

Andrea Leadsom warning

Andrea Leadsom warning

Commons leader Andrea Leadsom has condemned a golf club for taking the “ridiculous” decision to suspend a female golfer who spoke out against alleged discrimination.

Lowri Roberts claimed Cottrell Park Golf Resort suspended her after speaking out about men being given prime tee times at the Welsh club.

Ms Roberts said she was asked to retract comments in the press and when she refused was notified disciplinary proceedings had started and that she was “totally suspended”.

Labour former minister Kevin Brennan, who is Ms Roberts’s constituency MP, raised the matter in the Commons, calling on the Government to hold a debate on “discrimination against women in golf clubs”.

He said: “Can we debate discrimination against women in golf clubs, my constituent Lowri Roberts wanted top play golf on a Saturday and was banned from doing so because she was a woman.

“When she complained in the media she was actually suspended from the Cottrell Park Golf Resort in the Vale of Glamorgan, isn’t that an absolute disgrace in this day and age?”

Ms Leadsom responded: “I completely agree with him and I do encourage him to seek an adjournment debate so that he can see what more can be done to sort out this ridiculous kind of incident.”