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Tessa Jowell Accused Of Being Sexist Over 'Driven Women' Comment

14/06/2013 11:22 BST | Updated 14/06/2013 11:24 BST
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Shadow Secretary of State for London and the Olympics Tessa Jowell appears on stage during a look back 2012 Olympics on the third day of the annual Labour Party Conference in Manchester, north-west England, on October 2, 2012. Speaking at the opposition Labour party's conference former Conservative MP and London 2012 chairman Sebastian Coe called for cross-party unity to ensure longer term benefits gained from the success of the London 2012 Olympics. AFP PHOTO/PAUL ELLIS (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP/GettyImages)

Tessa Jowell MP has been accused of being sexist after claiming women are "much more driven than men".

She was speaking on BBC Radio 5 about the representation of women in Parliament when she made the comments.

"I think by and large women are much more driven to work together and to work through an issue to a solution."

Host Stephen Nolan took issue with Jowell by asking "And men can't?" before Jowell responded: "Much less, much, much less."

Nolan came back. "There is no way as a man I would get away on this radio station with saying men drive things through better. These blanket statements that you are able to get away with, it is inherently sexist."

But Jowell rejected his claim. "No it's not," she said. "It's not sexist. It's making a statement about the different ways in which the male MPs tend to work and the women MPs tend to work.

"There are men who are able to work in that way.. there's plenty of evidence which shows women are better than team players and better at working together. There's lots of evidence of that during the years we were in government."