British Labour Leader Wants To End Happy Hour Drinking Because It’s Sexist

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Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn wants companies to stop hosting after-work happy hours because it’s discriminatory against women.

Corbyn launched a platform to enhance “women’s rights” Thursday. One of his 10 pledges is to stop the after-work drinking culture among British professionals, which “benefits men” for two reasons.

“[It] benefits men who don’t feel the need to be at home looking after their children and it discriminates against women who will want to, obviously, look after the children that they have got,” Corbyn said.

Drinks were served immediately following his address.

Corbyn further supports all-women shortlists for senior roles in the private sector, as part of his pledges.

Corbyn is in the middle of a battle against Owen Smith to keep his job as leader of the party. His interest in women’s rights can be seen as a way to stir attention away from claims that he and the party as a whole is sexist and doesn’t appeal to female voters.

Corbyn proposed gender-segregated trains to reduce sexual assaults last year. The idea completely backfired and Corbyn’s fellow Labour MP Yvette Cooper said it would only be “turning the clock back, not tackling the problem.”

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