Prime Minister David Cameron said he did not know who the "next Thatcher" coming through the Conservative Party ranks would be. Challenged by ITV News Presenter Julie Etchingham about the number of women on his front bench he said:
"I absolutely want to, I have appointed some excellent women to the front bench, and I want to do more of that."
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