MP’s Mum Whips Up S&M Book Burning Furore Fifty Shades of Grey Under Fire

A Labour MP has distanced herself from her mother’s call for a book burning of best-selling erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey. Clare Phillipson, the director of a woman’s charity and mother of Sunderland South MP Bridget, frothed:

“Our concern is not the graphic depiction of sex – this is an abusive relationship presented as a love story. It normalises abuse, degrades women and encourages sexual violence. There is lots of abuse in the book, not just sexual abuse. Do millions and millions of women suffer from secret self-loathing? Do they all want to be treated this badly? Some of what happens in the book, Fred West did to his victims in his cellar. I fail to see what is erotic about that.”

Phillipson went on to refute the obvious comparisons:

“There’s an assumption that Nazis are the only people who burn books. What we are saying is, this book is rubbish and we would like to reduce it to ashes.”

When Guido spoke to Bridget about her mum’s S&M shocker, the Labour MP refused to be tied down by her parents’ strict views:

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