In Parliament this week I highlighted the experiences of Newport campaigner Rebecca Parker, who has previously spoken out about inaccurate clothes sizing at H&M. After criticism from customers last summer, H&M pledged to respond to customer demand and increase clothing sizes to better represent standardised UK measurements.
Speaking in Business Questions, I said “Rebecca Parker from Newport featured in the news recently calling out high street clothes retailers for the huge disparity in clothes size labels and the actual size of the garment. A 10 in one shop can be very different to a 10 in another with detrimental effects on self-confidence particularly for young people. So as body image was this year’s theme of mental health awareness week can we have a debate on how the government can work with retailers to address this?”
The Leader of the House, Mel Stride MP, responded by saying that as a father of three daughters he recognised the important point around body image for young women, and offered to look at opportunities for a debate in future.