Friday 19 January 2018

MP calls for law banning 'page three nudity'

Richard Wheeler

The Government should bring in laws to remove topless photos from page three of The Sun if the newspaper fails to do so by the end of the year, an MP has urged.

Green Party MP Caroline Lucas (Brighton Pavilion), wearing a "No More Page Three" t-shirt during a Westminster Hall debate, said the page should be consigned to the "rubbish bin where it belongs" as it is not acceptable in a family newspaper said to be seen by 7.5 million people each day.


Women have been "degraded, belittled and served up as sex objects" in some daily newspapers for many years, despite the United Nations identifying links between the portrayal of women as sex objects with attitudes which underpin violence against women and girls, she said.


Ms Lucas also asked for The Sun to be removed from sale in Parliament until it drops the photo feature from page three.


Leading a Westminster Hall debate on media sexism, Ms Lucas also held up a copy of The Sun open on page three and was later asked by committee chairman Jim Hood (Lanark and Hamilton East) to put her jacket back on to comply with the dress code.


She said: "In common with the No More Page Three campaign, I don't think that women's breasts are acceptable daily content for a family newspaper and for this, and a whole host of associated reasons, I would like to join them in calling on the paper's editor to consign page three to the rubbish bin where it belongs.


"To date, public pressure has secured the most public sign from The Sun's proprietor that the paper might scrap page three. But the clock is ticking and we still have not seen any concrete action.


"So if page three still hasn't been removed from The Sun by the end of this year, I think we should be asking the Government to step in and legislate."

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