- The Washington Times - Friday, September 2, 2016

U.K. Labor Party leader Jeremy Corbyn has called for companies to discourage employees from having after-work drinks because the culture discriminates against mothers.

Mr. Corbyn said the after-work socialization “benefits men who don’t feel the need to be at home looking after their children and it discriminates against women who will want to, obviously, look after the children that they have got.”

He made the comments Thursday evening at a campaign event to launch his policy on women’s rights, which was followed by a party where alcoholic drinks were served, The Daily Telegraph reported.

Mr. Corbyn said he wanted to win back female MPs who have become alienated by the party.

“I will send them all copies of the policies that we have put forward including this document we are putting forward this evening and try and show to them that we are serious about developing policies, we are serious about the inclusion of everyone within the Labour Party,” he said.

A spokesperson for the Jeremy for Labour campaign said the party leader is not calling for a ban on after-work drinks, ITV reported.

“Clearly this was not what Jeremy was suggesting, he instead highlighted a concern among many women’s groups and the head of the CBI that a male-led after-work networking culture in some workplaces can be detrimental to the career progression of female co-workers who can feel excluded, especially those women with caring responsibilities,” the spokesperson said.

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