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MP tells Commons ‘I’m on my period’

AN MP WHO arrived late to a debate in the Commons about the price of sanitary products explained the delay by saying: ‘I’m on my period.’

Labour’s Danielle Rowley (pictured), who apologised for missing the start of the discussion, said the products had cost £25 so far this week.

She told woman and equalities minister Victoria Atkins: ‘The average cost of periods in the UK over a year is £500. Many can’t afford this. What is the minister doing to address period poverty?’

The minister replied the government had invested £1.5million in the Let’s Talk Periods project set up by sexual health charity Brook Young People.

And she said she was committed to removing VAT on sanitary products when Britain exits the EU, ‘which will help with the costs’. She added that she was ‘watching with interest’ the Scottish government’s commitment to deliver access to free sanitary products in schools and colleges.

Afterwards, Ms Rowley was congratulated on Twitter for her refreshing honesty in the chamber. She light-heartedly tweeted: ‘My cramps are pretty epic to be fair.’

Later in the exchanges, Labour’s Liz McInnes called for menopause policies to become statutory for employers in the same way as maternity policies.