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Female leaders in the Conservative Party


Queen Mary’s Professor of Politics, Rainbow Murray, explained the “glass cliff” phenomenon in relation to Liz Truss becoming Prime Minister.

“The principle is that when everything is going well, a man wants to be in charge but when things are going badly you give an opportunity to a woman to come and either clean up the mess or take the blame for it. Once things are on a more even keel again, the men want to come back and take over,” Professor Murray said.

This was covered in BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour (from 8:40)



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