Worcestershire MP hits out at Top Gear magazine over engineering feature

Evesham Journal: Peter Luff says Jeremy Clarkson would be embarrassed by the magazine coverage Peter Luff says Jeremy Clarkson would be embarrassed by the magazine coverage

A COUNTY MP says even Jeremy Clarkson would be embarrassed by Top Gear magazines’ stereotypical portrayal of engineers as men.

Peter Luff, who represents Mid-Worcestershire, said a feature on careers in the publication, called Formula One, pictured white men in nearly all of the 40 positions.

Speaking during a Westminster Hall debate on a review of engineering skills today, he said: “We must make engineering more diverse.

“Not for the sake of political correctness but of course the members of the ethnic minorities and the women that are not engineers but could be are missing out on one of life's great opportunities.

“And because engineering skills shortages would be considerably less acute if we could make it more diverse.

“I am really grateful to the Women's Engineering Society for drawing my attention to an article in this month's Top Gear.

“There are 40 images of a Formula One team. All are white men except the press officer and of course the six hospitality staff, in short skirts of course.

I think actually even Jeremy Clarkson might be embarrassed a bit by the stereotypes portrayed in this article.”

Mr Luff, who is stepping down in 2015, has pledged to try and encourage more young people into engineering before he leaves office.

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6:11pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Guy66 says...

By all means try to encourage others in into engineering but the article should not be used to promote liberal values
By all means try to encourage others in into engineering but the article should not be used to promote liberal values Guy66

7:49pm Tue 10 Dec 13

sunnside says...

is this all Peter Luff has to worry about if so then i hope he's not voting for a wage increase
is this all Peter Luff has to worry about if so then i hope he's not voting for a wage increase sunnside

8:28pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Hwicce says...

Maybe the 40 white men are the best at the job? Who knows?

Or are we going back to the bad old days of having to pick someone less able to do the job because of their gender, race, sexual persuasion in order to have the (arbitrary) right mix?
Maybe the 40 white men are the best at the job? Who knows? Or are we going back to the bad old days of having to pick someone less able to do the job because of their gender, race, sexual persuasion in order to have the (arbitrary) right mix? Hwicce

1:28am Wed 11 Dec 13

Old Uncle says...

How many white, male MP's are there in the mix?
How many white, male MP's are there in the mix? Old Uncle

2:21pm Wed 11 Dec 13

denon says...

Sunnside

Peter luff will not get a payrise since he is not standing for election again.
Also Sunnside the MP's don't vote on it anymore it is decided by an independent body
Sunnside Peter luff will not get a payrise since he is not standing for election again. Also Sunnside the MP's don't vote on it anymore it is decided by an independent body denon

9:59pm Wed 11 Dec 13

i-cycle says...

sunnside wrote:
is this all Peter Luff has to worry about if so then i hope he's not voting for a wage increase
Peter Luff has a very valid and important point to make.

We need to manufacture more if the economy is to improve.

There is a massive shortage of engineers.

We have lots of unemployed people in the UK.

About half are women.

So surely its important to promote engineering as a profession they could also be considering.

The alternative may be to 'import' the labour or 'export' the work to other countries.

Instead of vilifying a local MP who has done lots over the years to encourage more young people to take up the profession why aren't you supporting him?

Its in all our best interest that we make sure we make the most of local talent rather than perpetuating the stereotype that engineering is for white males.
[quote][p][bold]sunnside[/bold] wrote: is this all Peter Luff has to worry about if so then i hope he's not voting for a wage increase[/p][/quote]Peter Luff has a very valid and important point to make. We need to manufacture more if the economy is to improve. There is a massive shortage of engineers. We have lots of unemployed people in the UK. About half are women. So surely its important to promote engineering as a profession they could also be considering. The alternative may be to 'import' the labour or 'export' the work to other countries. Instead of vilifying a local MP who has done lots over the years to encourage more young people to take up the profession why aren't you supporting him? Its in all our best interest that we make sure we make the most of local talent rather than perpetuating the stereotype that engineering is for white males. i-cycle

10:03pm Wed 11 Dec 13

i-cycle says...

Hwicce wrote:
Maybe the 40 white men are the best at the job? Who knows?

Or are we going back to the bad old days of having to pick someone less able to do the job because of their gender, race, sexual persuasion in order to have the (arbitrary) right mix?
You miss the point Peter Luff is trying to make.

Surely what's important is to promote engineering as a profession for anyone regardless of race, creed or gender. This is the prerequisite to ensure the best talent is encouraged to come forward.

Its then that the employer can and will pick the best talent.
[quote][p][bold]Hwicce[/bold] wrote: Maybe the 40 white men are the best at the job? Who knows? Or are we going back to the bad old days of having to pick someone less able to do the job because of their gender, race, sexual persuasion in order to have the (arbitrary) right mix?[/p][/quote]You miss the point Peter Luff is trying to make. Surely what's important is to promote engineering as a profession for anyone regardless of race, creed or gender. This is the prerequisite to ensure the best talent is encouraged to come forward. Its then that the employer can and will pick the best talent. i-cycle

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