By coincidence, all MPs who opposed transparency in pay are male and Conservative

Gloria de Piero MP and Gemma Arterton join equal pay campaigners in December 2014

Gloria de Piero MP and Gemma Arterton join equal pay campaigners in December 2014

On Tuesday, MPs voted to back a law forcing large companies to publish details of their gender pay gap.

Women currently earn 81p for every £1 a man earns – an estimated £200,000 over a lifetime in work – and, backed by Unite, Labour’s Sarah Champion introduced a new Bill to ensure bosses who employed more than 250 people had to publish details of the difference in hourly pay between men and women.

The Bill was passed by 258 votes to eight. By coincidence all eight MPs are men and Conservatives. They are:

Adam Afriyie (Con, Windsor)

Aidan Burley (Con, Cannock Chase)

Christopher Chope (Con, Christchurch)

Stewart Jackson (Con, Peterborough)

David Nuttall (Con, Bury North)

Matthew Offord (Con, Hendon)

Laurence Roberston (Con, Tewkesbury)

John Whittingdale (Con, Maldon)


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