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Tube safety tips leaflet 'sexist'
Tube safety leaflet
The leaflets were described as sexist
A Tube leaflet offering women safety tips has been withdrawn, following complaints that it was patronising.

Tube Tips for Women, which was illustrated with lipsticks and a photo of black stilettos, offered tips to pregnant women, clubbers and commuters.

Mayor Ken Livingstone said a number of complaints had been received.

Liberal Democrat Sally Hamwee said that while safety was an important issue, it was right that the "patronising and sexist" leaflet be withdrawn.

Transport for London (TfL), who put out the pamphlet, said they would "review communication on this issue".

Issue devalued

Among hints were: "The most common injuries are to fingers and toes, especially when wearing open-toed shoes, sandals and stilettos".

Another advised: "A surprising number of people faint during morning rush hour, which can lead to knock on delays, so try to make time for breakfast."

Ms Hamwee, who raised the matter in a question to the mayor, said TfL must ensure information campaigns "don't use outdated stereotypes, reflect a 21st century capital city and help passengers wherever they might live or travel".

She said the leaflet "devalued the whole issue" of safety.

A spokesman for TfL said: "Having listened to concerns raised by members of the public, and following consultation with the mayor, the leaflet has now been withdrawn.

"We will review our communication on this issue in the future."

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