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SNP u-turn on period poverty bill

February 20, 2020 1:06 PM

Responding to the news that the Scottish Government will now support Monica Lennon's bill on free period products, despite previously withdrawing its support, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

"People inside and outside the SNP told them that their opposition to the bill that would tackle period poverty was unjustifiable and I'm glad they've seen sense and caved. A lack of period products shouldn't be getting in the way of women's lives or education.

"The ridiculous scare stories about cross-border tampon raids and period profiteering didn't stand up to scrutiny. Neither did Gillian Martin's ill-informed claims that the need for free period products was no longer as pressing as before.

"This is a win for common sense and fairness. I applaud Monica Lennon for her tireless campaigning on this issue."