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Babes too in love with Tony, says author Fay.

TOP-SELLING author Fay Weldon sparked off a huge row yesterday by claiming Blair's babes are so besotted by him that they have done little to help women.

Weldon, whose novels include the Life And Loves Of A She Devil, said she had hoped for some "great wild sweep of social change" when large numbers of women became MPs in 1997.

Yet nothing had happened.

"My great fear is that women just fell in love with Tony Blair," she said. "In a way you feel the attraction of the leader is so great they just want him to love them."

She also said that large numbers of the new intake were too similar.

"I think about 90 of the Blair babes speak with one voice and when 90 women speak with one voice you wonder what is going on," she told BBC Radio Four.

But Yvette Cooper, Labour MP for Pontefract and Castleford, hit back: "The important thing is to judge by results.

"I asked a Parliamentary question a couple of months ago about the impact of all the budgets since the election on men and women separately. The answer that came back was that women have benefited by over twice as much as men.

She also rejected claims that all Labour women have similar haircuts and dress sense.

"Women in all sorts of fields have been trivialised, not just in politics, by talking about their haircuts rather than what they are actually doing," she said.
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Author:Roberts, Bob
Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Sep 26, 1999
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