Councillor claims ‘women need more money than men for clothes’ in sexist slur

A councillor claimed women need more money than men because they buy more clothes.

Chris Bithell, 76, said a female councillor would run up more expenses in their work because she would “have to have a different dress or suit for most occasions”.

But a man “could get away with buying two suits from Marks & Spencer, which would probably do him for the year.”

Mr Bithell, the cabinet member for planning and public protection on Flintshire County Council, was blasted by his fellow Labour councillor Gladys Healey.

She criticised the “sexist comment” at a meeting to discuss allowances at Council, north Wales.

She responded: “A man can wear a suit, but how many shirts does he wear? OK, I’ve got a wardrobe full of clothes because I like dressing in different things.”

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Mr Bithell has been accused of making "disgusting" comments about his fellow councillors before.

The councillor told the Daily Star he would not comment on what had happened at the meeting.

A spokeswoman for Flintshire County Council added: "It is not for us to comment on what councillors say."

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