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22 November 2017

The annual sausagefest: a pictorial history of women allowed in the Treasury team

Making cuts.

By Media Mole

To celebrate this Budget day, here’s the bold progress the Tories have made on appointments of women to the Treasury, as told by images of Budget day since they came to power in 2010:

Emergency Budget, 2010


All photos unless stated otherwise: Getty

Give us a break, we’ve only just been elected AND we had to make room for a Lib Dem – and we all know they hate promoting women.

Budget, 2011

There’s a financial crisis on, we haven’t had time.

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Budget, 2012

She’s both a woman AND young. #diverse.

Budget, 2013

It’s one-in, one-out at the moment, sorry ladies.

Budget, 2014

See, progress. We’ve DOUBLED the number of women in the Treasury team.

Budget, 2015

Yep, still on two…

Emergency Budget, 2015


Photo: Twitter/@MissEllieMae

Look, it’s an emergency, ok?

Budget, 2016

Tory majority government = back to just the one woman in the Treasury.

Autumn Statement, 2016

No group pic for Autumn Statements but it’s worth noting that Philip Hammond’s Treasury team at this point was all male.

Spring Budget, 2017

Look, we’re getting better! Two women! OK, that’s the peak number of women we’ve allowed so far, but STILL – one of them even has blue hair, which definitely counts as progress.

Autumn Budget, 2017

Eight months and a snap election later, and we’re back to one woman again. That blue hair was a blip that will never be discussed again. 

 

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