Plymouth Students' Union "would consider" banning topless tabloids
PLYMOUTH University Students' Union has no plans to ban tabloid newspapers from its campus shop – but would consider the issue if it were raised by students.
Earlier this week the University of Essex’s students’ union made national headlines after announcing it would no longer stock copies of The Sun and The Star.
The papers were removed from the store as the university became the 20th in the UK to sign up to the No More Page 3 campaign.
But Sarah Bowman, president of the University of Plymouth Students’ Union (UPSU), said the issue has not yet come up in their meetings.
She said: “Our UPSU shop doesn’t stock The Star and we only sell a small amount of The Sun newspaper. As the University of Plymouth Students’ Union is a student-led organisation, all the decisions that we make will be influenced by our members. And as of yet no issues have been raised from our students in regards to the distribution The Sun newspaper. However, if this were to be raised as an issue from our students then we would address it promptly at our student Parliament.”
The issue has attracted several comments on The Herald’s Facebook page.
Harry Hunter said: “What would banning it achieve exactly? People who want to read it, will. People who dont, wont.”
Penny Graham said: “They should be learning, not reading The Sun.”
Universities to have voted in favour of removing The Sun from their campus shops include Manchester, Chester, Edinburgh, Dundee, Stirling, Cardiff, Durham, Sheffield, Newcastle, Essex, Cambridge and Oxford.
The No More Page 3 campaign recently sent a letter to the editor of The Sun, David Dinsmore, asking him to remove semi-naked women from the paper.
The letter was signed by scores of MPs, including South West Devon MP Gary Streeter.
Alison Seabeck, Labour MP for Plymouth Moor View, said: "It is entirely a matter for the student body . If anyone desperately wants to buy the Sun they can do so elsewhere. The students (at the universities that have banned the papers) clearly feel that Page 3 sends inappropriate messages and have banned it . They are making a stand and a statement and I applaud them for having the courage of their convictions."
No More Page 3 is a campaign to stop The Sun from including pictures of topless glamour models, The campaign was started by Lucy-Anne Holmes in 2012.