North Thanet’s MP, Roger Gale, has given a very warm welcome to the message issued by Conservative Leader David Cameron condemning the "sexualisation of children".
In a message to business and industry David Cameron has said that while the sexualisation of, particularly, young girls may be in the interests of some businesses it is not in the interests of families or of society.
"We accept" says Roger Gale "that young people from, for example, dance and stage schools will enjoy appearing in sophisticated costumes in pantomimes. Those costumes, though, do not have to artificially replicate the clothes worn by young adults or to send out promiscuous signals. There is all the difference in the world between kids wearing tap shoes and star-spangled leotards and children wearing "mini bikinis" and high-heels.
Some of the advertising of products appearing on television also offer images that, frankly, play to dubious audiences."
The MP, who prior to election to parliament was a Teenage and Children's TV producer and director, adds:
"This is a very sensitive subject and I applaud David Cameron for having the courage to go where many angels would fear to tread and to spell out clearly concerns that will be shared by very many parents and grandparents of young children. We all grow old fast enough and it's time that someone spoke out for what ought to be the innocence of childhood"