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Friday, 31 October 2014

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Leading MP backs Carlisle mum's Child Eyes porn campaign

A leading politician has given her backing to a Carlisle woman’s fight to protect children from pornography.

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Kirsty Hopley with Helen Goodman

Kirsty Hopley, from Currock, launched her Child Eyes campaign last year to try to stop sexual images and frightening headlines being displayed at a child’s eye level in shops and supermarkets.

At a meeting in Carlisle with Shadow Culture Minister Helen Goodman, Kirsty presented examples of the front pages that concern her.

Mrs Goodman told the News & Star that Child Eyes has her full support.

“I think it’s a great campaign. I think it’s raised an issue that’s of great concern to parents around the country,” she said.

“I think they’re fed up with their children being exposed to inappropriate matter when they go shopping.”

Child Eyes has already gathered 25,000 signatures on a petition which was sent to 10 Downing Street. They’ve had no response so far, and so Mrs Goodman has pledged to take up their case.

She continued: “We already have commitments to make legal changes online but having heard what they’ve said to me, I’m going to write to the Prime Minister about the petition.

“I’m going to put Parliamentary Questions down to the Home Office to find out whether the Indecent Display act is being enforced, and I’m going to write to the large retailers to ask them what they’re doing to make sure that the guidelines that already exist are being followed – because the evidence that Child Eyes has presented today is that the guidelines aren’t being followed.”

After the meeting, Kirsty said she was delighted with the outcome.

“I’m really pleased with the action she’s going to take.

“We would like Labour to include this in their policy documents and to recognise the Child Eyes aims and that it is important to protect children from pornography and frightening headlines in public.”

Mrs Goodman said it would be a tough fight but worth it.

“I think in this country people want to see their children protected and they think that is more important than profits,” she said.

“We’ve got an agreement about what’s acceptable on television, we have film ratings and what we’re trying to do is to make sure that those standards, for which there’s broad support, are applied across the board and that’s what this is all about.”

Lee Sherriff, Labour parliamentary candidate for Carlisle, is also backing Child Eyes.

“As a mother it’s an important thing to me,” she said. “I’ve been right behind the campaign since I first heard about it.”

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