Why, in This Day & Age, is a Politician Being Asked About Her Weight?

Liz Kendall, a Labour leadership contender in the UK, has hit back at the Mail on Sunday after one of its reporters asked her about her weight.

Kendall, who has had to deal with a number questions about her personal life, told the publications political editor, Simon Walters, to f*ck off when he questioned her weight. He wrote in yesterday's article:

"Her jacket, navy blue ‘vest’ and trousers are from Reiss. L.K. Bennett and Reiss are two of the Duchess of Cambridge’s favourite fashion brands – and slinky brunette Liz, or Elizabeth Louise, to give her full Royal-sounding Christian names, looks as good in them as slinky brunette Kate. In fact she looks the same weight as the Duchess – about 8st – though when I ask she slaps me down with a raucous ‘f*** off!’, adding quickly: ‘Don’t print that."

Speaking on BBC's Radio 5 Live yesterday, Kendall said she thought that "it’s unbelievable that in the 21st century women still get asked such very, very different questions from men. Can you imagine the Mail on Sunday asking the weight of the prime minister, George Osborne or any other leading politician?"

“I cannot wait for a world when women are judged the same as men and not by those kinds of questions.”


Kendall, who has had to deal with questions regarding relationship status, workout routines, as well as having her family life brought up in interviews, has every right to feel annoyed, although she managed to keep her temper down on the BBC yesterday, something we can't imagine ourselves doing in the same circumstances.


Via Jezebel.com

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