That’s the topic of my latest newspaper column – for Asian Voice this time:
When I conduct my surgeries (where people come to meet me to raise issues), I have one of my assistants with me to take notes. It so happens this is usually a man.
More often than not, when an older Muslim gentleman comes to see me, he will address his remarks to my male assistant.
And no matter how many times I say to him that I am the Member of Parliament and that the man is my assistant – he will almost automatically immediately return to addressing his remarks to my assistant.
You can read the full article on my website.