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Greg Mulholland

Greg Mulholland welcomes Liberal Democrats’ commitment to provide free sanitary towels at school to fight 'period poverty'

May 11, 2017 2:57 PM

Greg Mulholland, the Liberal Democrat candidate standing in Leeds North West, has welcomed the Party's inclusion of a policy to end the hidden problem of "period poverty" - where teenagers miss school because they cannot afford pads or tampons - in their election manifesto.

Greg Mulholland has been leading calls for automatic free provision of sanitary products to girls who are eligible for free school meals and additional provision for those girls requiring sanitary products and unable to buy them.

Greg Mulholland had used a Parliamentary Question to Justine Greening MP, Secretary of State for Education and Minister for Women and Equalities, to call for automatic free provision of sanitary products to girls who are eligible for free school meals and additional provision for those girls requiring sanitary products and unable to buy them.

Greg had also tabled an Early Day Motion in Parliament calling for the provision of free sanitary products for girls from low-income families.

Greg headshotCommenting Greg Mulholland said:

"I am very pleased that the party have committed to tackling this very serious problem and delighted that we have included this policy in our manifesto.

"I was shocked when I learned that girls here in Leeds, and indeed all across Britain, where missing school, due to not being able to afford sanitary products, and that a charity set up to provide free sanitary products for poor and vulnerable girls in sub-Saharan Africa is now having to do the same in Leeds.

"So this announcement is very welcome and I hope that we can be instrumental in tackling this appalling problem."