Conservative MP Mary Macleod to launch effort to end discrimination against women in the aristocracy
Saturday 23 March 2013
Conservative MP Mary Macleod is to launch a bid to end discrimination against women in the aristocracy.
The parliamentary aide to Equalities Minister Maria Miller wants daughters of the gentry to have the same rights as male heirs. She is calling for a new law to scrap rules which state that younger brothers are given automatic preference over older sisters when titles are inherited.
Ms Macleod said: “This is simply about the principles of fairness, equality and respect. Women should be able to take their rightful place in society, whether that be in business, the workplace, public life and in succession.”
The move follows the historic legal change currently going through Parliament which will end the principle of male primogeniture in deciding who ascends the throne.
The Succession to the Crown Bill, due for its third reading in the House of Lords next month, will mean that if the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s first child is a girl, she will be able to become monarch even if she has a younger brother.
Ms Macleod, a former royal aide, said the aristocracy should follow the royals’ example.
“The proposed changes to the succession to the Crown show that the monarchy can adapt to the times without jeopardising the tradition and history that make it special,” she said.
“The Queen has led the way and has shown how important women are to our country. Now is the time for us to have a consultation on succession of hereditary titles - it will be extremely symbolic for our nation.”
The Brentford and Isleworth MP's Succession to Hereditary Peerages and Estates Bill, which will be introduced in the Commons on Monday, is unlikely to make further progress due to a lack of parliamentary time but Ms Macleod hopes it will lead to a consultation on the rules governing inheritance of titles.
- 1 Emma Watson on Jennifer Lawrence naked photo leak: 'Even worse than seeing women's privacy violated is reading the comments'
- 2 Saudis risk new Muslim division with proposal to move Mohamed’s tomb
- 3 A teacher speaks out: 'I'm effectively being forced out of a career that I wanted to love'
- 4 Cee Lo Green: It is only rape if the victim is conscious
- 5 Katie Hopkins breaks down in tears over weight gain challenge: ‘I hate fat people for making me do this’
Perez Hilton apologises for publishing Jennifer Lawrence naked 4Chan photos
Emma Watson on Jennifer Lawrence naked photo leak: 'Even worse than seeing women's privacy violated is reading the comments'
Ariana Grande nude photos leak: Pictures are completely fake, say representatives
Saudis risk new Muslim division with proposal to move Mohamed’s tomb
Katie Hopkins breaks down in tears over weight gain challenge: ‘I hate fat people for making me do this’
Rotherham child sex abuse scandal: Labour Home Office to be probed over what Tony Blair's government knew - and when
What do immigrants really think of Britain? Polish immigrant's Reddit post goes viral
Ashya King: Parents of five-year-old boy refused permission to visit him in hospital and denied bail at Spanish court
With Douglas Carswell joining Ukip, my party has taken another giant step forward
When elitism grips the top of British society to this extent, there is only one answer: abolish private schools
Ashya King: 'Cruel NHS has not given us the treatment we need', says father of five-year-old with brain tumour who fled to Spain
£30000 - £45000 per annum + benefits+bonus+package: Harrington Starr: Front-Of...
£700 per day: Harrington Starr: Quantitative Developer C++, Python, STL, R, PD...
£700 per day: Harrington Starr: Java/Calypso Developer Java, Calypso, J2EE, J...
£500 per day: Harrington Starr: SQL Developer SQL, C#, Stored Procedures, MDX...