Adam Afriyie, a tech entrepreneur and Britain's first black Conservative cabinet minister on the pay gap between men and women.
What drove me into politics was a determination to see people treated
fairly in the workplace irrespective of their gender, heritage,
background or disabilities.
A job is perhaps the best stake in society that one can have. A
diverse mix of people in the workplace does more to break down social
stigma, disharmony and unfair discrimination as employers and employees
recognise that, fundamentally, everyone shares the same hopes and
I want everyone to be able to participate in our economy and help
build our national prosperity. If we are to continue to make progress
then women, men, minorities, those with disabilities and mental health
challenges and those from less-advantaged backgrounds must all have the
opportunity to find work, gain experience and share in the proceeds of
The pay gap between men and women has fallen dramatically over the
years. The question now is how do we measure any remaining gap and
continue to make progress, not just for women but for everyone?
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