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UK chancellor Philip Hammond irks Theresa May with sexist remark

Published Jul 16, 2017, 1:48 am IST
Updated Jul 16, 2017, 8:03 am IST
Philip Hammond (Photo: AP)
 Philip Hammond (Photo: AP)

British Chancellor Philip Hammond seems to have irked many, including Prime Minister Theresa May, by making a sexist remark in cabinet.

According to media reports, during a discussion on transport, the chancellor quipped that driving trains had now been made so easy that “even a woman” could do it. Ms May rebuked him after his remark, The Sun reported. 

He reportedly asked colleagues when was the last time they had seen a female train driver, before pointing out that there was no physical bar to them doing it.

As Mr Hammond continued speaking, Ms May reportedly said: “Chancellor I am going to take your shovel away from you” – a reference to the adage: “When you’re in a hole, stop digging.” 



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