Female political leaders have more demands placed upon them than their male counterparts: criticised for crying at the ‘wrong’ times, and for failing to cry when the gravity of the situation demands it. This paradox is enforced particularly hard upon older, Conservative-leaning women who tend to be more reserved in public. To avoid both sexism and ageism, journalistic obsession over women’s emotions, and their emotional responses, must stop altogether. Crying is not an objective science, and ‘to cry’ is not synonymous with ‘to feel.’

Many Headteachers, teachers, local authorities and MPs remain frustrated with the Government’s refusal to increase real-terms funding in state-sponsored education. But they remain hopeful that their cross-party co-operation and lobbying might reverse their fortunes in the next Comprehensive Spending Review. Only time will tell if this becomes reality, or if pressing domestic issues continue to be overshadowed by Brexit.

Rape comments – like those levied at Jess Phillips by UKIP candidate Carl Benjamin – are never unintentional, offhand or a heat-of-the-moment attack: they are a careful type of performance by right-wing politicians, desperate to challenge mainstream media and shore-up public support. We need to stop giving such individuals the airtime to ‘defend’ or contextualise their views.