As someone who never married and who never (as far as I know) fathered any children . If I ever was elected I doubt anyone would have suggested my lack of offspring was an impediment .
They may have questioned my sexuality and that would probably have led me to make some explanation that I was heterosexual but never really was able to form a long term relationship.
Maybe its a hopeful some of the times that I would be derided over this more than if I was Gay, But as I say maybe there still a lot of homophobia out there.
Politicians are still expected to be marrieds faithful and have 2.4 children or maybe as Labour challenger for Jeremy’s Corbyn’s job as leader of the Labour Party, landed himself in a Twitter storm by talking about his family life on live television "Normal"
“I am normal. I grew up in a normal household. I’ve got a wife and three children. My wife is a primary school teacher.”We still get pictures of candidates with their families as if to say we can be better represented by them,
Even when the Marriage is shown to be a sham we still get the loyal wife posing with her husband as so perfectly exampled by David Mellor former mistress, actress Antonia de Sancha, sold her kiss and tell story of Mellor's extra-marital affair with her for £35,000 and led to his family joining him at the gates of his home to show support.
Campaigners and women of every political stripe have united in their condemnation of the Sunday Times for its presentation of a book extract about Nicola Sturgeon, in which she revealed that she had a miscarriage at the age of 40.
But while Sturgeon herself has received widespread support, there was anger about the way her disclosure was trailed as a “tantalising secret” by the newspaper and accompanied by a panel headed “childless politicians”, listing only high-profile women without children.
As has been also pointed out no one comments on a Male politicians except to make a cheap jibe questioning their sexuality.
Also there will be little coverage pf what Theresa May's husband Philip May, an investment banker will be wearing while he accompanies his wife in the same way the wife of male politician is often expected to dress.
One of the sad things about Owen Smith "Normal" assertion is that it has led to some aspiring politician to seek a family because they believe that if the true nature of their sexuality was revealed it would damage their career .
Things have changed but it still happens is it not time we give up on what we regard as Normal and concentrate on the qualities of the candidate regardless of their sexuality .
It was said once of Bill Clinton " I don't care who he's sleeping with so long as he doesn't tell us who we should be sleeping with".
The private lives of our politicians are just that private. Only when they are shown to hypocritically and support a policy which they themselves are breaking should it be reported in the media.