MP apologises for choosing all white colleagues in all female Cabinet

Green MP Caroline Lucas apologises after naming her dream, all-female Cabinet to see off a No Deal Brexit after critics slam her for choosing only white colleagues

  • Caroline Lucas apologises over plan for all-woman Cabinet who were all white
  • The Green MP was criticised by International Trade Secretary Liz Truss over idea
  • She says she was ‘wrong to overlook’ women of colour in all woman Cabinet plan 

By Claire Ellicott Political Correspondent For The Daily Mail

Published: 18:05 EDT, 12 August 2019 | Updated: 22:50 EDT, 12 August 2019

As the country’s only Green MP, Caroline Lucas came up with an inevitably very right-on proposal to see off a No Deal Brexit – an all-female Cabinet.

But the Brighton MP was given a somewhat painful lesson in political correctness yesterday when forced to apologise for her list of women after it was pointed out that everyone on it was white.

Miss Lucas had urged ten high-profile female cross-party politicians to come together in a Cabinet of national unity. 

The Brighton MP was given a somewhat painful lesson in political correctness yesterday when forced to apologise for her list of women after it was pointed out that everyone on it was white. She is pictured at an anti-Trump rally in Whitehall during the US President’s visit

Writing in The Guardian – of course – she said it could ‘bring a different perspective’ and force a no-confidence vote in Boris Johnson to prevent No Deal. 

But she apologised yesterday, admitting she was ‘wrong to overlook’ her ‘women of colour colleagues’.

She wrote on Facebook: ‘An all-white list of women isn’t right. I should have reached out further and thought more deeply about who, and what kind of politics, an all-white list represents. I apologise.’ 

She added: ‘There are women of colour colleagues who are standing up to this Government’s reckless gamble with Britain’s future, and it was wrong to overlook them.’

Miss Lucas had suggested the Cabinet could include Labour’s Emily Thornberry, Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson, and former Tory minister Justine Greening.

Her plan was also rejected yesterday by politicians invited to join, and others who weren’t. 

International Trade Secretary Liz Truss, who wasn’t, tweeted: ‘Is there anything more sexist than claiming your gender determines your worldview/ behaviour/ attitude?’

And Labour MP Clive Lewis asked: ‘Where are the BAME [black, Asian and minority ethnic] women politicians?’

Miss Lucas had suggested the Cabinet could include Labour’s Emily Thornberry and Yvette Cooper, pictured above 

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