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PE01521: No More Page 3 in the Scottish Sun and Scottish Parliament


Petitioner: George Eckton and Jane O Donnell


Date Lodged: 19 May 2014

Calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the editorial team of the Sun and Scottish Sun to voluntarily remove the page 3 feature permanently.

Furthermore, until the Sun/Scottish Sun ceases its page 3 feature we request the Scottish Parliament no longer stock/sell The Sun or Scottish Sun newspaper given its objectification of women and gender stereotyping both seem at odds with the Scottish Parliament’s equalities framework.

Petition History:


17 June 2014: The Committee took evidence from George Eckton, and Jane O'Donnell. The Committee agreed to write to The Scottish Sun, The Sun, the Scottish Parliament's Chief Executive, the Scottish Government, Scottish Parliament party group leaders and the National Union of Journalists. The Committee also agreed to seek circulation figures for the Irish Sun following its removal of Page 3. Link to Official Report 17 June 2014 (589KB pdf)

Below: Jane O'Donnell giving evidence on 17 June 2014

11 November 2014: The Committee agreed to write to the Equality and Human Rights Commission and Rupert Murdoch. Link to Official Report 11 November 2014

27 January 2015: The Committee agreed to close the petition, under Rule 15.7, on the basis that the representations requested have been made and in light of the responses received, the Committee does not feel it can take the petition any further. Link to Official Report 27 January 2015  

Written Submissions:

Please consider giving your support to a petition which seeks the Editorial Team to take a mature editorial decision to end the objectification of women most days in the Scottish Sun. To be clear we are not asking the Scottish Parliament to ban it!

It also asks Scottish Parliament Public Petitions Committee to write to the Editorial Team of the Sun and Scottish Sun to urge them to remove page 3,.

Furthermore, until the Sun/Scottish Sun ceases its page 3 feature we request the Scottish Parliament no longer stock/sell The Sun or Scottish Sun newspaper.

It's time we moved forward, many women feel like second class due to the way they are portrayed in these newspapers. We're not just sex objects

Pauline Ellis

17:27 on 18 May 2014

Because if the country's most widely read newspaper objectifies women on a daily basis, it teaches its readership to do the same thing.

Katherine Hughes

17:19 on 18 May 2014


Lee Reed

15:11 on 18 May 2014

How will women ever be treated with respect if items such as page 3 are normalised within the mainstream media.

Eleanor Seelig

14:09 on 18 May 2014

Show the way Scotland

Rhona McMenemin

13:38 on 18 May 2014

It's about time this outdated feature was removed from the Sun- completely sexist and objectifies women. Should be banned!!

Arlene Caldwell

12:40 on 18 May 2014

Naked pictures displayed in a workplace would be illegal, therefore it defies logic that they are allowed in a 'family' newspaper often on display in numerous public places- cafes, waiting rooms etc as well as being read openly where the sexualised image of topless women can be seen by all and sundry. It is completely inappropriate and devalues and objectifies women. Children are influenced by this and as the Scottish Government fully acknowledges that VAW is caused by gender inequality this type of image perpetuates the problem and conflicts with policy approaches.

Judy Ferguson

10:22 on 16 May 2014

Its high time the Sun dropped this outdated page 3 and gave women some credibility as thinking people and not objects who are valued by their breasts.

Elizabeth Lewis

22:30 on 15 May 2014

The women who pose for the sun page 3 should also think about what they doing it is not all about money and fame

cecilia reilly

18:54 on 13 May 2014

Please ban page 3 and help promote women as more than sexual objects


17:01 on 12 May 2014

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