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Ed Miliband On Page 3: 'No Place In The Modern World For Pictures Of Topless Women In Newspapers'

here is no place in the modern world for pictures of topless women in newspapers like The Sun, Ed Miliband sensationally said today.

But the Labour leader said he will not ban Page 3 pin-ups if he becomes prime minister after the 2015 general election.

Miliband said he was ready to speak with Sun editor David Dinsmore about his objection to the pictures, saying he did not want his sons Daniel and Samuel to grow up in a society where women were portrayed as sex objects.

In his keynote speech to Labour's annual conference in Brighton yesterday, Miliband said women were right to object to "everyday sexism" in British society.

Asked whether this meant he would ban Page 3, he told BBC Radio 5 Live: "I'm not in favour of banning it. 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."

Miliband was asked whether he was ready to speak to The Sun's editor and ask him to address the issue.

He replied: "Yes. 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."

The No More Page Three campaign has rapidly gained momentum since launching last summer, with many organised groups now following widespread public opinion.

This includes 28,500 head teachers, 300,000 teachers, 120,000 more teachers, 500,000 girl guides and 1.3m public sector workers.

The Girl Guides stated that "We would like the Sun to use its newspaper to promote positive role models to inspire girls and young women and help everyone to understand that women are never for sale."

The David Dinsmore: Take The Bare Boobs Out Of The Sun #nomorepage3 petition now has 119,135 supporters at the time of writing, including from celebrities Jennifer Saunders, Rebecca Front, Frances Barber, Eliza Doolittle, Alastair Campbell, Caitlin Moran and Lauren Laverne.

Blogging exclusively for The Huffington Post UK, a former topless model also advocated highlighting women's talents and abilities in the Sun, rather than just their flesh.

"When I was 18, I used nude modeling as a way to earn money to support my acting career," wrote author and mum of three Sheila Hageman.

"Was I thrilled and empowered by my job? Some days and jobs, yes, but the majority of my time was spent consumed by inner conflict about my choice.

"Just because an attractive woman decides to pose topless does not mean she's happy about it," she wrote.

However, others took to Twitter to voice their opposition to Miliband's announcement.

Sammie @Sammi3_2011 No place in the modern world for page 3 pppffftt how ridiculous #loveagoodpair !!

Tom Kershaw @KershawTom Is Ed actually serious about this page 3 nonsense? Look around you, Ed. And get your priorities right.

Chris Long @YorkLongshot Some real comedy at Labour Party today from Ed Millibonkers #deluded #headsgone

Connie Con Carne @ConnieGMK I don't care about sexism just equality, keep #page3, just give us girls some yummy page 2 lol it's only fair innit!!

by Won't someone PLEASE THINK OF THE CHILDREN?????!!!reply 1209/29/2013

Thank Rupert Murdoch, creator of the Page 3 Girl.

by Won't someone PLEASE THINK OF THE CHILDREN?????!!!reply 109/28/2013

Oi, that's my next gold-digging whore of a wife you're talkin' about.

by Won't someone PLEASE THINK OF THE CHILDREN?????!!!reply 209/28/2013

What a He-FRAU. It's just a pair of tits.

by Won't someone PLEASE THINK OF THE CHILDREN?????!!!reply 309/28/2013

Miliband will NEVER be PM. Britons loathe him. For Labour to stand a chance, they need to get a new leader. Even if everyone hated the Tories, they'd still vote for them just so Miliband never became PM. He's so weak and wishy-washy.

by Won't someone PLEASE THINK OF THE CHILDREN?????!!!reply 409/29/2013

Boris will probably be the next PM

by Won't someone PLEASE THINK OF THE CHILDREN?????!!!reply 609/29/2013

R5 Get over yourself, Andrea Dworkin. If they don't want to show their tits, don't take the money to do so. If you don't want to look at them, turn to page four.

by Won't someone PLEASE THINK OF THE CHILDREN?????!!!reply 709/29/2013

Sexism/Feminist diatribes by the Labour Party is so outdated and so cliched. The UK has so many problems, and this is what he's wasting time on??! I bet he thinks the government's automatic internet pron ban was a great idea.

by Won't someone PLEASE THINK OF THE CHILDREN?????!!!reply 909/29/2013

Internet porn will be more of a problem when those boys grow up than Page 3 Girls.

by Won't someone PLEASE THINK OF THE CHILDREN?????!!!reply 1009/29/2013

No saggy tits, please. Only firm, beautiful honeys are welcome.

by Won't someone PLEASE THINK OF THE CHILDREN?????!!!reply 1109/29/2013
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