Thursday, January 23, 2020

Tory MP reveals she had to use toilet paper when she suffered period poverty

An Tory MP has spoke out about the "embarrassment and shame" she felt as a teenager when she was forced to use toilet paper or newspaper instead of sanitary products when she had her period.

Raising the issue of period poverty during PMQs , Amanda Solloway, the new Tory MP for Derby North, said her family were unable to afford sanitary products, so she had to improvise.

From Monday, the Government introduced a scheme to allow schools and colleges to order free sanitary products for their learners.

She told MPs: "You may have noticed that it's been a long time since I was a teenager.

"My memory has faded over the years, yet I still remember the embarrassment and shame that I felt each month when I had my period.

"We couldn't afford sanitary products and I was forced to use toilet paper or, when we didn't have that, newspaper.

"Would the Prime Minister agree with me and acknowledge the work of Amika George, the founder of the Free Periods campaign group, that means no young woman of school age in this country should ever have to feel the shame I felt and remember all those years ago?"