LDVideo: Jenny Willott joins Platform 51’s Glad Rags campaign

Jenny Willott MP talks about her wedding jewellery as part of Platform 51’s campaign to raise awareness of the widespread use of depressants by women.

* Mary Reid is a contributing editor on Lib Dem Voice. She was a councillor in Kingston upon Thames, where she is still very active with the local party, and is the Hon President of Kingston Lib Dems.

Read more by or more about or .
This entry was posted in YouTube.


  • Sarah Jennie 1st Apr '12 - 12:45am

    @LizW, I’m a service user of platform 51. One of the things they do is collect research from service users as part of consultations for the government. From some of the research they found some women, but more particularly girls and young women, have depressing thoughts when confronted by images in the media on what the ‘ideal women’ should be. The idea of glad rags is normal people, like Jenny, talk about an item of clothing, or an accessory that makes them feel good about themselves in order to raise awareness that self-esteem can improve your mental attitude. (If you look at other videos on their YouTube account you’ll see that its not only politicians and celebrities, but also women that use the centres involved in this campaign.) They’ve also had other ways on campaigning on this issue; for example, hosting an event at parliament as part of the campaign launch (where I gave a speech on how I coped with depression through their help, after my doctor did nothing) and they’ve had meetings with different MPs including Paul Burstow on this issue. I can also assure you that they’re not sexist as some of their past campaigns have been on women getting jobs that are more commonly aimed at men (plumber etc.) and one of their current pieces of research is on ‘gender specific’ toys. I’m sorry that the campaign appears to be patronising to you, but I hope my comment has helped in some way. If not or if you have any other enquiries then do not hesitate to contact me at [email protected] and I’ll gladly discuss them with you. Xx

Post a Comment

Lib Dem Voice welcomes comments from everyone but we ask you to be polite, to be on topic and to be who you say you are. You can read our comments policy in full here. Please respect it and all readers of the site.

To have your photo next to your comment please signup your email address with Gravatar.

Your email is never published. Required fields are marked *

Please complete the name of this site, Liberal Democrat ...?


Recent Comments

  • George Thomas
    The alleged ABBA party wasn't investigated because Sue Gray stopped investigating when the Met (previously uninterested in looking into the matter) started to i...
  • Roger Lake
    My comment not far above is meant to suggest what may be thought too long-term -- certainly more than one General Election, since the first stage of National In...
  • Roland
    The Gray report adds to the question to the police - given the grounds on which members of the public were fined the maximum fine of £10,000, why weren't these...
  • Barry Lofty
    [email protected] I would like to believe that the country might think the Tory Party itself have played a large part in the lowering of respect for the politicians entr...
  • David Raw
    B.A. de Pfeffel J. is the biggest political rascal in Downing Street since David Lloyd George - but without the compensating charisma, intelligence, political s...