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Shadow equalities minister Dawn Bulter demanded more flexible working hours for women who are experiencing the menopause. She said companies with more than 250 employees should be forced to train managers on the effects the menopause can have on some women so they can accommodate the needs of the employer. Ms Bulter told the BBC: “Together we must end the stigma and ensure that no woman is put at a disadvantage, from menstruation to menopause.”

But some mocked of the plan to give women “special rights” at work due to the menopause.

Julia Hartley-Brewer said: “Generations of women fought *against* the idea that women were too frail & emotional to be trusted with education, jobs, the vote, equal rights & pay.

“Now the new feministas claim women need special rights at work when they get periods & go through menopause.

“FOR. F***. SAKE.”


Shadow equalities minister Dawn Bulter demanded more flexible working hours for menopausal women (Image: PA)


Julia Hartley-Brewer mocked the plan to give women “special rights” at work (Image: GETTY)

The plan is due to be discussed at today’s Labour Party conference in Brighton, which has been largely overshadowed by a plot to oust Mr Corbyn’s deputy Tom Watson.

Mandy Broadbent, from Bolton, Lancashire, hailed the plan as ambassador to the Eve Appeal charity.

The 56-year-old said that “employers should be doing all they can to make women feel comfortable at a difficult phase in their life”.

She added: “It can be such a drastic change to a women’s life, no one is prepared for it and you can end up really losing your self confidence.

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The plan is due to be discussed at today’s Labour Party conference in Brighton (Image: GETTY)

“The more flexible employers can be, the more it will help women reach their potential.”

Ms Bulter has also demanded women experiencing the menopause to be treated as if they have a long-term health condition.

Symptoms include hot flushes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, difficulty sleeping and anxiety as well as reduced sex drive and problems with memory.

The above is said to affect three in five women who are experiencing the menopause.


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One Labour MP described the attempt to ditch Mr Watson as “crazy” (Image: GETTY)

At today’s conference with Labour’s ruling National Executive Committee (NEC), the party also plan to discuss Brexit, transport and Mr Watson’s future.

Last night Jon Lansman, leader of the grassroots organisation Momentum, seized on the opportunity to call for a vote of Mr Watson’s role after the Bromwich East MP was absent because he had to look after his children.

A motion to eradicate the position of deputy leader failed to receive the two-thirds majority required yesterday evening but is expected to be voted on again later today.

A Momentum source told BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg: “We just can’t afford to go into an election with a deputy leader set on wrecking Labour’s chances.


The idea was mocked by Ms Hartley-Brewer (Image: TWITTER)

Labour members overwhelmingly want a deputy leadership election, but our outdated rulebook won’t let it happen.”

One Labour MP described the attempt to ditch Mr Watson as “crazy”.

The motion to get rid of Mr Watson’s post comes after a series of clashes between the deputy leader and Mr Corbyn.

The pair have locked horns over the party’s Brexit policy and the handling of the anti-Semitism crisis engulfing the opposition.

Tom Hamilton, said starting the Party conference with a “massive round of infighting” was not helpful in highlighting the Labour Party’s belief that they have the policies to change the country for the better.

Mr Hamilton argued tonight’s debate on the role of Labour’s deputy leader focused too strongly on the personal element of Mr Watson’s character and the MP was being targeted by those who simply did not like him.

Speaking on Sky News he added Labour should not abolish the long-standing position of deputy leader regardless of the feelings towards Mr Watson.

Mr Hamilton said the answer was “to wait until another deputy leader comes along, which one will eventually”.

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