Cathy Newman

Filing from the frontline of the Channel 4 newsroom. A newswoman's take on what's up, what's down, and what's worth a sideways glance or at the very least a second look.

July 14, 2016 33 Comments

Labour leadership must stand up to intimidation and abuse

When I interviewed Johanna Baxter, a member of Labour’s ruling National Executive Committee, last night, it was clear to me how upset she was about the abuse and intimidation she says she’s received. She’s normally a confident, self-possessed person, but last night she was trembling and holding back tears.

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July 7, 2016 3 Comments

From strident columnist – to the very heart of government?

As Michael Gove fights for the Conservative party leadership – and the job of PM – his previous life as a newspaper columnist is raising concerns about the range of views he’s

April 14, 2016 16 Comments

Sexism and the sisterhood in the corridors of power

Female journalists at Westminster should speak out about the sexism they encounter – I wish I had.

January 29, 2016 9 Comments

Barbie’s long-awaited make over

Finally toy manufacturers appear to be waking up to the idea that make-believe has got to be a little more believable. Mattel has belatedly tumbled to the potential link between falling sales and

October 26, 2015 6 Comments

FGM is outlawed in Britain, so why are women at risk denied asylum?

This week a legal duty will come into force requiring teachers and doctors to report cases of FGM. Yet Britain is still refusing to give refuge to women who say they’re at risk of being

September 10, 2015 26 Comments

When does a compliment about a woman become sexism?

To some, barrister Charlotte Proudman has provided a welcome insight into low-level sexism. To others, she’s a “Feminazi” who can’t accept an innocent tribute to her good

August 24, 2015 13 Comments

We need to talk about girls’ mental health

Since when did being a girl become such a worry? New research from Girlguiding suggests we should all be very, well, anxious about a plethora of anxieties afflicting our teenagers.

July 30, 2015 1 Comment

‘I feel less of a woman’: living with FGM

The inspirational Dr Comfort Momoh has been supporting the victims of FGM for years, giving her patients hope for a new life.

July 24, 2015 13 Comments

Is Andy Burnham really the best bet to see off Jeremy Corbyn?

Lord Falconer thinks Andy Burnham has the best chance of seeing off Jeremy Corbyn’s challenge to be Labour leader. But Burnham’s pitch to voters is no clearer than his female

July 16, 2015 4 Comments

Instagram makes curvy a dirty word

Instagram has ruled that the hashtag curvy is offensive. But surely it’s a word that celebrates a woman’s natural, healthy beauty.

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