A sexist MEP who claimed that women do not deserve equal pay due to being ‘weaker and less intelligent’ than men, has been suspended from Parliament.
The European Parliament president, Antonio Tajani said Janusz Korwin-Mikke, the far-right politician will face a ban that totals 10 days (although some have insisted he is suspended indefinitely).
Korwin-Mikke will also face the loss of his £268 daily allowance for a month as a result of the offence caused by his statement.
In Brussels, the 74-year-old said women don’t deserve equal pay because they are “smaller, weaker and less intelligent” than men.
He continued: “Do you know how many women are in the first 100 of chess players? I tell you: no one”.
“Women must earn less than men, because they are weaker, smaller, less intelligent, they must earn less … that is all”.
President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani said that in response to his comments he had decided to punish the Polish MEP for his remarks.
He said they were a violation of European Parliament rules and that Korwin-Mikke would not get his daily allowances for 30 days.
Mr Tajani said Korwin-Mikke is “forbidden from representing the parliament on conferences and forums for a period of one year starting today”.
A couple of weeks after the incident, the ‘sexist’ MEP aired his views in a fiery spat with Piers Morgan on Good Morning Britain.
His words caused Piers Morgan to angrily say: “You are an incredibly stupid man” and claim Mr Korwin-Mikke MEP is “the greatest advert for Britain leaving the EU”.
The right-wing firebrand said “blondes earn more than brunettes” and that taller people should earn more than short people.
This did not deter Mr Korwin-Mikke, who said “idiot feminists” should know why women earn less than men, commenting: “If you are weaker, you must earn less”.