Tory leadership contender Dominic Raab says he’s ‘probably not’ a feminist
The former Brexit secretary said he was a ‘champion of equality and meritocracy’.
Dominic Raab said he would “probably not” describe himself as a feminist but insisted he was committed to equality.
The former Brexit secretary was challenged over a 2011 comment that some feminists are “obnoxious bigots”.
The Tory leadership contender said: “The point I was making is that sexism is wrong and it’s wrong if it’s said about a woman or about a man and I think equality is too precious a value for us to put up with double standards.
“I do think we should call hypocrisy out in political debate and political life.”
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'I'm all for working women making the very best of their potential'
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Asked on ITV News whether he would describe himself as a feminist he said: “No, probably not.
“But I would describe myself as someone who’s a champion of equality and meritocracy.”
Referring to his wife, Erika, he said they were a “two salary couple, I support her as much as she supports me”.
“I’m all for working women making the very best of their potential and that’s something that’s really important to me.”
Mr Raab, a prominent Brexiteer, played down the prospect of Speaker John Bercow helping to block a no-deal departure from the EU.
“I don’t think that will affect the chances and I think Parliament should of course have its say right the way through this.
“But actually I think it’s very difficult for Parliament to frustrate Brexit if the Government is serious about keeping our promises to the people of this country.”
He insisted that a no-deal Brexit was not his preferred option and said he would use “every ounce of energy” to work for a better offer from the EU.
“But if they don’t move we must give this country a sense of direction, get out of this rut and take Britain forward and that’s what I’d do.”