29 June 2007
Link to Guardian article in title. Gordon Brown's cabinet contains three fewer women that Tony Blair's, although he has appointed the first ever female home secretary. Tony Blair's cabinet contained the highest ever number of women - eight, a third of the entire cabinet; previously only nine women had made it to Cabinet level. However, the three women who have left the Cabinet - Patricia Hewitt, Hilary Armstrong, and Lady Amos, seem to have resigned, rather than being sacked, although Margaret Beckett, first ever female foreign secretary, was demoted.