One hundred fifty-six Members of Parliament have signed an Early Day Motion (EDM) calling on politicians, retailers, publishers and distributors to accept their collective responsibility to protect children from sexually graphic printed media.One hundred fifty-six Members of Parliament have signed an Early Day Motion (EDM) calling on politicians, retailers, publishers and distributors to accept their collective responsibility to protect children from sexually graphic printed media.
The support comes from mixed political parties, including 24 Conservatives, 79 members of the Labour Party and 42 Liberal Democrats. The motion was co-sponsored by Ann Widdecombe, MP for Maidstone and the Weald, and Sir Menzies Campbell, MP for North East Fife and former leader of the Liberal Democrats.
The motion was tabled by MP for Glenrothes and Central Fife Lindsay Roy on behalf of child protection charity The Front Page Campaign, which was founded by Amy King of the Dundee Scotland Stake. Sister King said that she was delighted with the response from MPs, and hoped that they would continue to support the campaign going forward.
The issue of offensive displays involving tabloid newspapers and so-called "lad's mags" has been hotly debated in recent months, and is now an important issue in the up-coming election. The Front Page Campaign encourages citizens who stand up for family values to challenge their parliamentary candidates for their stance.
Sister King added: "Parents are entitled to expect public displays to be appropriate for their children's eyes. We can set up controls at home for internet and TV to an extent, but there must be a responsible standard set in family stores."