Louis Bours UKIP MEP says "Banning political parties from having an all-male leadership is patronising and damaging to the cause for equal rights for women"
The comment comes following an interview with the BBC where former Labour deputy leader, Harriet Harman, said the Labour party needed to change its rules to prevent another men-only leadership.
She said: “We can't have a men-only leadership when we are party for women and equality.”
The interview comes as Jeremy Corbyn is set to announce the result of a shadow cabinet reshuffle.
Responding to the comments, UKIP MEP Louise Bours said:
“I think the women of Britain are worried about far more important things than whether Labour’s shadow cabinet is full of either posh out-of-touch men, or posh out-of-touch women.
“If Labour really are the party of women and equality they would be campaigning more to end forced marriage, and female genital mutilation, for which there have not been any prosecutions even though there are an estimated 137,000 victims in the UK.
“It is offensive to most women, to suggest that we cannot reach positions of power without a special rule holding men back, and Harman seems to forget that there were women in the contest for leader and deputy leader of the party, but they lost.
“If Harman gets her way, we could end up with a Prime Minister that is not the best talent a party has to offer, they just happen to be of a particular gender.
“I suspect the reason women like Harman are more concerned about senior job quotas than they are about FGM and forced marriage is that they are not personally affected by the latter, but they may well be affected by a lack of personal talent, and simply cannot reach their lofty ambitions without, how a lot of people would see it, cheating.”