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Caroline Lucas MP told to cover up 'No More Page Three' T-shirt

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Caroline Lucas MP has been told to cover up a protest T-shirt reading 'No More Page Three'.

The Green Party member for Brighton Pavilion was giving a statement during a debate in the house on media sexism, when she was told to cover up the slogan by chair of the session Labour's Jimmy Hood.

Caroline Lucas wears a 'No More Page Three' T-Shirt


> Watch a video of the incident here

Lucas started her statement: "There are few things more important than ensuring that every member of our community feels safe in their own home, in their own workplace, community and school.

"Sadly for far too many women and girls in the UK, this is simply not the case, and there is strong evidence that media sexism is playing a significant contributory role."

She outlined that 60,000 women are raped every year, while two are killed every week by a partner or ex-partner, adding that sexual harassment is "routine" in schools, communities and workplaces.

Caroline Lucas brandishes Page 3 of 'The Sun'


After calling for order, Hood said: "Standards of dress members must comply with both in the house and Westminster Hall and I would ask the honourable member to respect that and put the jacket that she had when she came on back on, please."

Lucas agreed to comply with the ruling, but added: "It does strike me as a certain irony that in this place you can get copies of The Sun - maybe I can even show you what's in The Sun... in eight places in this house you can get this magazine.

"It does strike me as an irony that this T-shirt is regarded as an inappropriate thing to be wearing in this house but apparently it is appropriate for this kind of newspaper to be available to buy in eight different outlets on the Palace of Westminster estate."

Caroline Lucas covers up to brandish 'The Sun'


Editor of The Sun Dominic Mohan last year told the Leveson inquiry that Page 3, which usually features a topless woman, is "meant to represent the youth and freshness" and is a "42-year-old British institution that celebrates natural beauty", denying that the newspaper is sexist.

Earlier this year, News Corporation boss Rupert Murdoch suggested that he was "considering" an end to the feature and replacing it with a "halfway house with glamorous fashionistas".

A petition at change.org by Lucy Holmes of Hove titled "Dominic Mohan: Take The Bare Boobs Out Of The Sun #nomorepage3" has amassed 104,761 signatures since its launch.

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