'No More Page 3' campaign boosted by show of support from Scottish Parliament
22 universities have now banned 'The Sun' on their campuses
Students campaigning to ban the sale of The Sun newspaper from university campuses have been encouraged by the Scottish Parliament’s public show of support for their campaign.
Members of Scottish Parliament condemned The Sun’s use of topless models and criticised the paper for "objectifying women". Jackie Baillie, Scottish Labour MSP for Dumbarton, led the Members’ Debate on Wednesday, and urged the Editor of The Scottish Sun, Gordon Smart, to “take his paper into the twenty first century by consigning Page 3 to the dustbin of history".
A group of Warwick University students who started their own petition for the removal of The Sun from their campus’ Costcutter branch were encouraged by Holyrood's boost for the national campaign.
Lorayn Brown, a committee member for Warwick’s No More Page 3 campaign group, said the debate had strengthened their resolve. She added: “Jackie Baillie was fabulous and the male voices that supported her showed, once and for all, that this is not just a group of angry women trying to remove pretty young girls from the paper but a society standing up for equality and against objectification.”
Since the No More Page 3 movement began last year, 22 universities, including Cambridge, Durham and UCL, have withdrawn The Sun from their campus shops and many others continue to campaign for a boycott. Nearly 123,000 people have signed a petition which asks The Sun to “drop the bare boobs”.
Many MSPs also called for a boycott of the paper if it refuses to remove Page 3 – all speakers were in favour of its removal.
Alison Johnston, the Green MSP for Lothian, said: “If The Sun won’t remove Page 3, then I say that we call for the removal of The Sun, whenever and wherever we can.”
Hanzala Malik, a Scottish Labour MSP for Glasgow, was confident that if topless photographs are not withdrawn, that Scottish Parliament would “take steps to cancel” The Scottish Sun.
The Scottish Youth Parliament last month passed a motion making the campaign against Page 3 their policy.
General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
The sickening truth about food banks that the Tories don't want you to know
Migrant boat disaster: Ukip candidate mocks victims in sickening Twitter post
Nigel Farage wants the BBC to stop making programmes like Doctor Who, Strictly Come Dancing, and Top Gear
Global warming: Scientists say temperatures could rise by 6C by 2100 and call for action ahead of UN meeting in Paris
General Election 2015: Britain would become a 'communist dictatorship' under Ed Miliband and Nicola Sturgeon, claims wife of Michael Gove
- 1 Migrant crisis: Greek soldier saved 20 people singlehandedly off Rhodes beach
- 2 Sofyen Belamouadden murder: The inside story of a crime that horrified Britain
- 3 Company breaks open Apple Watch to discover what it says is 'planned obsolescence'
- 5 UK weather: Britain braced for snow as arctic air mass moves in
£20000 - £22500 per annum + OTE £30K: SThree: SThree Group have been well esta...
£18000 - £23000 per annum + OTE £45K: SThree: At SThree, we like to be differe...
£18000 - £23000 per annum + + uncapped commission + benefits: SThree: Did you ...
£20000 - £25000 per annum + benefits + uncapped commission: SThree: Did you kn...