Ed Miliband has described page 3 in newspapers such as the Sun as an “anachronism” but said he wouldn’t ban it if he became prime minister.
Having given a nod to the growing @EverydaySexism campaign in his keynote speech at Labour’s annual conference in Brighton, he was asked about page 3 on Radio 5 Live.
“I’m not in favour of banning it,” he said. “I do think though that Page 3 is a total anachronism in this day and age. We have got a free press in this country and I think a ban on that is not right, but I will say to you very squarely, this is an issue I take very seriously.
“When I think about my two young sons – who admittedly are two and four at the moment – I don’t want them growing up in a country where the perception of women and young girls that they’re given is simply as sex objects.”
Saying he would be prepared to speak to Sun editor David Dinsmore, Miliband added: “It’s a decision for him, but if you want my opinion, it’s an anachronism and it doesn’t have a place in the modern world.”
Dinsmore stands by page 3 as “one of the pillars of the paper”. The Irish Sun recently dropped topless models from page 3, citing “cultural differences”.
(Source: Press Gazette)