Yasmin Alibhai Brown

Known for her sharp commentary on issues of politics, race and religion, Yasmin Alibhai-Brown won the George Orwell Prize for political journalism in 2002 and the Emma Award for Journalism in 2004. She is also a radio and television broadcaster and author of several books including the acclaimed 'The Settler's Cookbook: A Memoir of Migration', 'Love and Food' and 'Who Do We Think We Are? Imagining the New Britain'.

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Valérie Trierweiler left hospital in Paris today, a week after reports emerged that her partner, President François Hollande, was having an affair with the actress Julie Gayet

What is it about male politicians that they seem to have such problems dealing with women?

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These hateful attitudes are rooted in archaic expectations

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4.University College London: UCL is the oldest constituent college of the University of London. It was the first in England to be established on an entirely secular basis to admit students regardless of their religion - and their sex.

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