MP somehow manages to be sexist during fish debate

You wouldn't have thought it would be possible to be sexist while talking about fish.

But Labour MP Frank Doran somehow managed it.

During a debate in the Commons he remarked that he could not remember a fisheries minister who was not a man.

Intervening, Sheryll Murray, the Conservative MP for South East Cornwall, said there had been female secretaries of state.

The MP for Aberdeen North persisted, however, saying to audible gasps: "I'm not sure it is a job for a woman, although the honourable lady might reach that."

Responding to the reaction of his colleagues in the House, Mr Doran added: "That was not a sexist remark. I know the fishing industry very well."

Education secretary Nicky Morgan, who is also women's and equalities minister, called the comments "outrageous and deeply offensive".

Ukip leader Nigel Farage also weighed in on Twitter.

Mr Doran, who is due to stand down at the next election, later apologised for his comments.

"It was an error of judgement which does not represent my view or the Labour Party's," he said.

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