Sandi Toksvig to launch new political party

Sandi Toksvig has announced her plans to form a new political party to contest elections in 2020, following her departure from BBC Radio 4’s News Quiz. Speaking on Women’s Hour, Toksvig said she is involved in setting up the Women’s Equality Party. Sandi "I have made jokes over and over again about politics and, do you know, this election I've had enough," she said. "And I have decided that instead of making jokes about it, I need to participate. So I am involved in the founding of a new political party." "It's called the Women's Equality Party. It is a fantastic group of women - and indeed men - who have decided that enough is enough and we need to make some changes." The role of women in politics has received a substantial boost in the current election, with politicians like Nicola Sturgeon and Leanne Wood being well received by audiences around the country in the televised debates. However, many equality issues remain unsettled, mainly the gender pay gap – a global issue, which Pope Benedict described yesterday as “pure scandal”. Toksvig leaves the News Quiz after hosting for 9 years, and Sue Perkins has already been touted as a replacement. More stories: Reese Witherspoon: Actors who refuse to play gay roles 'need to lighten up' Happy Birthday Channing Tatum! His hottest ever moments…(NSFW)