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AM for Delyn Alison Halford
"When I got back to the office I faxed Mr Davies to say I hoped I hadn't caused offence."
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Friday, 3 December, 1999, 12:30 GMT
Sexism accusation follows 'bottom' remark
Assembly debating chamber Alison Halford's comments were made in the Assembly debating chamber

Assembly members are complaining of sexism following comments made in the debating chamber about a politician's behind.

Alison Halford AM Ex police chief Alison Halford
Alison Halford, Labour member for Delyn, - a former assistant chief constable who won a discrimination case against Merseyside Police - was interrupted on a point of order made by the Tory AM for Monmouth, David Davies.

"In my many waking and sleeping moments, I have considerable thoughts about the attractiveness of David Davies.


Could I let you into a secret Mr Presiding Officer? He has one of the nicest bottoms I have seen for some considerable time
Alison Halford AM
"Could I let you into a secret Mr Presiding Officer, he has one of the nicest bottoms I have seen for some considerable time."

Mr Davies is the Conservatives' member on the equal opportunities committee.

Christine Humphreys a Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for north Wales has complained to the Assembly's presiding officer.

She says that if women want to be taken seriously, they cannot expect to get away with the kind of comment that a man would never get away with.


The bottom line is that there are more serious things we could be talking about but on this occasion I'll turn the other cheek
David Davies AM
And Conservative representative for Mid and West Wales, Glyn Davies, has written to Alison Halford to say the comments were "inappropriate".

In it he says: "The Conservative group recognises that human nature means we all have our fantasies and that in some cases other AMs may well feature in them. But these feelings must be kept under control."

"What would the Assembly have said if any of the male AMs had commented favourably or otherwise on the size of your bottom?"

David Davies AM David Davies is prepared to turn the 'other cheek'
David Davies, on the other hand, is refusing to take the matter too seriously.

"The bottom line is that there are more serious things we could be talking about but on this occasion I'll turn the other cheek," he said.

"She was in full flow when I interrupted her with a point of order and I know what happens when you lose track of your speech. You have to say the first thing that comes into your head. These things happen."

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