Penny Mordaunt leaves Sky's Beth Rigby in hysterics over cheeky answer to marriage probe

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Speaking to Sky News’ Ms Rigby, the Tory leadership hopeful, and bookies favourite to win the contest, was asked if she found it “irritating” that “motherhood and marriage” seem to be only relevant to women, as opposed to men, in power. Ms Mordaunt began by lauding the importance of the “experience” of having a family but later said it would be inappropriate for her to answer the question of why she does not have a husband. 

Ms Rigby said: “Penny, I have run out of time but I have to ask you this last thing. You are obviously very close with your brother James, family is really important to you. 

“You lost your mum when you were a teenager, I think, which must have been extremely hard. 

“You are not married and you are not a mother. If you win this race, you will be the first single Prime Minister since Edward Heath. 

“You’ll remember the issue with Theresa May in 2016 and the issue about her not being a mother. “Does it irritate you that motherhood and marriage are still relevant when we discuss women in positions of power?” 

Ms Mordaunt said: “So, I think they are relevant to men and women because of the experience that comes from it. 

“I think certainly the reason why I was so interested in politics from a young age was because of the experiences I had trying to help my family and keep the household going in quite strained times. 

“So, I think those experiences are important but yes, the question, not that you would ask it Beth, of why are you not married, is never asked to men.” 

Ms Rigby said: “And you would never answer it presumably, because it is no one’s business apart from yours?” 

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