AFTER watching the BBC programme of Margaret Thatcher's time in office and comparing it with Theresa May's, it is pretty obvious to me that the gender problem loomed large.

Male egos, easily hurt, stood in the way of progress. To pick a female leader and then sabotage any effort allowing her to move on is petty and unproductive. Shame on these small minded men.

If you don't want a women in charge, stand up and be counted and you offer to take on the task. Sulking like children is at least petty and at worse unproductive.

Shame on these bigots.

Shelagh Harnby, Stockton-on-Tees