No, Jeremy Corbyn doesn't want to ban after work drinks

Jeremy Corbyn accused of wanting to 'ban' after work drinking
Jeremy Corbyn accused of wanting to 'ban' after work drinking
Adam Bienkov By

There were various media reports today suggesting that Jeremy Corbyn wants to "ban" after work drinks as a means of tackling discrimination against women.

However, none of the stories seem to contain an actual quote of him saying this.

In fact a look at the original clip, which all the stories appear to be based on, reveals that he made no mention of a ban at all.


Speaking at a campaign meeting about gender equality earlier this week, Corbyn talked about companies which: "encourage an ethic of early evening socialisation in order to promote themselves within the company which benefits men who don't feel the need to be at home looking after their children and it discriminates against women who will want to, obviously, look after the children that they have got".

He went on: "It's a lot of subtle discrimination as well as the overt discrimination that has to be dealt with."

Corbyn's comments that women "obviously" want to stay at home with the children while men go out for drinks, have been criticised as representing an outdated view of gender roles.

This seems to be a fair criticism to me. However, the claim that these comments amount to a call for after work drinks to be banned, seems to be based more on the imagination of the listener than on anything Jeremy Corbyn actually said.

Asked to comment on reports that he wants to ban after work drinks, a spokesperson for the Labour leader told Politics.co.uk: "Clearly this was not what Jeremy was suggesting, he instead highlighted a concern among many women's groups and the head of the CBI that a male-led afterwork networking culture in some workplaces can be detrimental to the career progression of female co-workers who can feel excluded, especially those women with caring responsibilities."

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