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Osborne's Bank of England appointment a 'missed opportunity for women everywhere'

November 27, 2012 11:00 AM

George Osborne has today flunked the opportunity to appoint an exceptional woman candidate to the highly influential position of Bank of England Governor, when he resisted calls to appoint Sharon Bowles MEP who chairs the European Parliament's Monetary and Economic Affairs Committee.

A petition begun by Campaign for Gender Balance Vice Chair Tam Langley in support of Sharon Bowles' application had been attracting growing support from all political corners http://campaigns.libdems.org.uk/bowles

Tam said today,

"This is a huge disappointment for women everywhere. Mrs Bowles could have brought truly independent oversight to the banking sector, as she is not from the City, the Bank or the Financial Services Authority.

George Osborne has shown no interest in shaking up the 'old boys' culture and restoring public faith in banking by appointing such an excellent woman to this key post."

Further info email tamoralangley@gmail.com Tel. 07717 852 191