Brighton MP thanked by Page Three campaigners

Posted On 28 Jan 2014 at 11:11 pm
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By Jenni Davidson

Brighton Pavilion MP Caroline Lucas has been praised for her work campaigning against Page Three.

Stephanie Davies-Arai from No More Page 3 said the group was “honoured and thrilled” that Dr Lucas had done so much for their campaign.

“The issue is taken as trivial,” said Ms Davies-Arai.

“Sometimes we get down about that, not being taken seriously.

“Caroline has not only done that, but taken it to Parliament, has worn the No More Page Three t-shirt, has spoken so eloquently.

“It would be a terrible thing to lose this influence.

“We should be taking this seriously.”

No More Page 3 is campaigning to get The Sun newspaper to drop the nude image on page three.

Last week parenting website Mumsnet became the latest high profile group to support the No More Page 3 campaign.

Caroline Lucas has worn a No More Page Three t-shirt at a parliamentary debate on media sexism and to prime minister’s questions.

She has also campaigned for The Sun not to be sold in Westminster.

Ms Davies-Arai was speaking at an informal launch of Dr Lucas’ general election campaign on Friday (24 January).

Around 200 of the MP’s closest supporters gathered in Emporium on London Road, Brighton, for the rally.

The No More Page Three t-shirt that Dr Lucas had worn in Parliament was auctioned off for £200 at the event.

At the launch Caroline Lucas also spoke about the need for change and modernisation at Westminster.

She said she was disillusioned with the ‘pantomime’ of Westminster where only one in five MPs is female.

She pointed out that this puts the UK at number 58 in the world, behind Afghanistan and Rwanda, in terms of representation of women.

“People look at Westminster and don’t see ethnic minorities and people with disabilities,” she added.

Dr Lucas said there was a need not only to challenge the policies but also to challenge the process of making those policies.

“My office and my staff are a bit of a troublemaker,” she joked.

After thanking her supporters for their work so far, Dr Lucas looked ahead to the next election campaign.

“It’s not going to be an easy ride to keep this seat in 2015,” she said.

“We made history back in 2010 and that was a collected effort.”

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