Downing Street purse strings shared

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Published: Tuesday 10th March 2015 by The News Editor

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The decision on who pays when David and Samantha Cameron go out on a date night depends on “who remembers to bring their wallet”, the Prime Minister has revealed.

Mr Cameron was speaking after actor Emma Watson issued a plea for women to be allowed to be “chivalrous” and pick up the bill some of the time.

Speaking as part of the HeForShe campaign for gender equality at the weekend, the Harry Potter star said that a male dining companion had got “tetchy” when she offered to pay for dinner.

“It was really awkward and uncomfortable. It was not going down well,” said Ms Watson. “I’m sure he would say he was a feminist but he was just like, `Ooh, I’m not really sure about this’, it’s making him feel a bit tetchy.

“I chose the restaurant because it’s my favourite restaurant. I would love to pay, but next time, you choose the place and you pay, or whatever it is.

“The key is chivalry should be consensual, both parties should be feeling good about that. I think it’s a problem when people expect things to be a certain way, to follow a certain status quo.”

Asked during an interview with Heart North West radio whether he or Samantha paid when they went out on date nights together, Mr Cameron said: “We have a joint account so it depends who remembers to bring their wallet.

“I try not to forget mine, let me put it that way.”

Asked whether he and Samantha managed to fit in a date night every week, the Prime Minister said: “We try to have either a night when we stay in and cook something at home, or possibly go out and spend time together.

“Everyone has their own keys to a happy marriage, but for us that has really worked, when we can find the time.”

Published: Tuesday 10th March 2015 by The News Editor

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