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Brighton’s Caroline Lucas calls for an all-female emergency cabinet

Brighton’s Caroline Lucas calls for an all-female emergency cabinet
Elizabeth Richardson

Brighton Green MP, Caroline Lucas, has called for an all-female emergency cabinet in a bid to stop a no-deal Brexit. Lucas has asked 10 female politicians across all main political parties in Westminster to join her. Her aim is to force a vote of no-confidence in PM Boris Johnson.

Lucas wrote an open letter in the Guardian yesterday, calling for female politicians to put a stop to a “disastrous no-deal Brexit.” She claimed that, in her lifetime, Britain has never faced a greater crisis. The MP deemed that female cooperation was vital.

She wrote in the Guardian:

Why women? Because I believe women have shown they can bring a different perspective to crises, are able to reach out to those they disagree with and cooperate to find solutions.

I believe we can make this happen. I’m asking my colleagues to meet with me in the coming days so together we can transform the conversation about Brexit. So together we can find a positive way forward, revitalise our democracy, and stand up to this government’s reckless gamble with Britain’s future.

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Lucas sent her letter to Emily Thornberry, Jo Swinson, Justine Greening, Nicola Sturgeon, Anna Soubry, Heidi Allen, Kirsty Blackman, Sylvia Hermon and Liz Saville Roberts.

Lucas’ proposal has already faced backlash, as International Trade Secretary, Liz Truss, tweeted: “Is there anything more sexist than claiming your gender determines your worldview/ behaviour/ attitude?”

Thornberry feared that this emergency cabinet “would risk worsening the feelings of anger and resentment towards ‘Westminster’ that have led us into this Brexit mess.” Saville Roberts added that she was “not entirely comfortable” about the sole involvement of women.

However, Heidi Allen backed the plan: “Caroline is right to draw the conclusion that often it’s us women who are prepared to get people round a table and work differently.”

Caroline Lucas believes that establishing a national unity government would deny Boris Johnson “the reins of power”. This sort of multiple party arrangement has not taken place since World War II. Lucas concluded her open letter:

A government of national unity must do exactly that – unite parties. And I believe that a cross-party cabinet of women has the potential to do exactly that.

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