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No Quotas For Minorities In Top Jobs, Insists Clegg

Thursday 15th May 2014

Nick Clegg has told LBC he is against introducing sweeping quotas to make sure people from black and ethnic minority background's get into top jobs.

Speaking on Call Clegg, the Deputy Prime Minister says Labour proposals to force companies to employ more non-white staff wouldn't work across the board.

He said: "Do I believe that approach applies across all professions, from who is sitting in Nick Ferrari's chair on LBC, to who is in the Commissioner's chair in the Met, to who is in the Supreme Court?

"I think that's a pretty blunt tool and would be difficult to enforce."

However Mr Clegg did say he is considering such action in his own party to tackle the lack of women.

"We don't have enough women in the top rank of a lot of these careers and professions either. We simply don't have modern Britain reflected in many of our public facing institutions in the way that we want, whether it's Parliament, whether it's the police, whether it's the judiciary, whether it's the media," he explained.

"I have come increasingly to the view that if my party, if we don't see a significant improvement of the number of women amongst our ranks of MPs after the next election, I will certainly then be of the view that we should bite the bullet and introduce, perhaps for a temporary period of time, some kind of gender based shortlist, in effect a quota."