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Rowdy PMQs don’t put me off, says MP

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 18, 2014

Heather Wheeler

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SOUTH Derbyshire’s MP Heather Wheeler said the atmosphere during Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQs) does not put her off taking part - but has bemoaned the amount of times she has been called to speak during her time in Parliament.

Mrs Wheeler was speaking after House of Commons Speaker John Bercow said several female MPs had told him they were being put off by the weekly head-to-head due to ‘histrionics and cacophony of noise’.

It is not the first time Mr Bercow had criticised ‘yobbish’ behaviour during PMQs, but Mrs Wheeler insisted the male-dominated atmosphere would not stop her from having her say, but said it was very difficult to get involved anyway.

She said: “There is a ballot for PMQs and I have only been called to speak twice in four years, despite putting in every week.”

But Mrs Wheeler said she did not believe it was any more difficult for women to be allowed to speak than men.

“it is a ballot, so I guess it’s luck of the draw,” she said. “I am surprised the Speaker had made those comments.”

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