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“I’m surrounded by people who have no idea what it’s like to live on benefits”—what it’s like being a working-class woman in Westminster

Seeing old Etonians like Boris Johnson and David Cameron fail upwards feels like a punch to the gut

By Jade Azim  

Women with signs depicting Jacob Rees-Mogg and Boris Johnson as Laurel and Hardy during a rally in Parliament Square after the "Put It To The People March". Photo: Stephen Chung / Alamy Live News

Modern British politics is turbulent at the best of times for women. This week’s events shine light on a particular intersection of that struggle. For working-class women in Westminster, the elitism and sexism they experience at work merge to create a climate of hostility, and they feel caught in a constant loop of abuse and patronisation.…

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