Powerful women: In 2010 Premier Paula Cox, right, joined former Premiers Dame Pamela Gordon, left, and Dame Jennifer Smith, centre, as one of three women to lead Bermuda. *File photos
Powerful women: In 2010 Premier Paula Cox, right, joined former Premiers Dame Pamela Gordon, left, and Dame Jennifer Smith, centre, as one of three women to lead Bermuda. *File photos

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 6: Premier Paula Cox said she would like to see more women in politics.

Ms Cox added that women may be put off a political career because of the “gotcha mentality”.

She said: “Sometimes women don’t feel they want to deal with the criticism and critique.”

She was speaking as the PLP unveiled party official Dawn Simmons as the candidate for the Paget East constituency held by the OBA’s Dr Grant Gibbons. Dr Gibbons retained the seat as a UBP MP in 2007 with 77 per cent of the vote.

In answer to questions about controversy surrounding senior party figures, Ms Cox said the Government is “committed to standards and to standard bearers”.

Ms Cox added her Government had introduced several pieces of legislation and reforms designed to promote the highest standards in Government.

She said: “I don’t think we have seen anything to date which shows that Ministers have done anything unlawful. But we don’t intend to let things stand there – we intend to turn the page and turn the page by improving our raft of legislation.”