Penny’s pulling power

Penny Mordaunt MP, (right) and the Ladies of Parliament team during their match against Macmillan Ladies at the Parliamentary tug of war, at College Gardens, Westminster, London, in aid of the charity Macmillan Cancer Support.''Picture: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
Penny Mordaunt MP, (right) and the Ladies of Parliament team during their match against Macmillan Ladies at the Parliamentary tug of war, at College Gardens, Westminster, London, in aid of the charity Macmillan Cancer Support.''Picture: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

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PENNY Mordaunt takes the strain as she takes part in a charity tug of war at Westminster to help Macmillan Cancer Support.

The challenge came a day before the Portsmouth MP became the first woman to propose the Loyal Address following the State Opening of Parliament.

The speech is supposed to be witty and Ms Mordaunt drew upon her experiences in the Royal Navy reserves with amusing lectures and practical demonstrations given to female navy recruits.

She also touched on the 70th anniversary of D-Day, compensation for mesothelioma victims, and her appearance on celebrity diving show Splash!.

Ms Mordaunt, Conservative MP for Portsmouth North, told the Commons: ‘I am proud that this government is to review the roles in our services currently barred to women to make sure we make use of best talent.

‘In doing so there must be no compromise of standards but we must recognise we cannot set women up to fail. Training must be tailored to enable us to be our best.

‘I have benefited from some excellent training from the Royal Navy. But on one occasion I felt it was not as bespoke as it might have been fascinating though it was, I felt the lecture and practical demonstration on how to care for your (male genitalia) in the field failed to appreciate that some of us attending had been issued with the incorrect kit.'

Her speech prompted laughter, including from the prime minister.