COLNE Valley MP Kali Mountford has joined a Parliamentary campaign to stop lads' mags being sold to young children.
She has given her backing to a Private Member's Bill put forward by Labour MP Claire Curtis-Thomas, which got its first reading in the Commons on Tuesday.
The bill calls for measures to stop magazines such as FHM, Zoo and Nuts being too easily available to youngsters at newsagents.
The Sexually Explicit Material (Regulation of Sale and Display) Bill calls for a committee to be set up to create a legal definition of what is pornography.
The Bill says newsagents should be forced to keep magazines classed as pornographic on the top shelf of their shops and sold only to customers aged over 18.
It also asks for checks to be made, in a similar way to the way that sales of alcohol to under-age people are monitored.
Currently, newsagents are simply guided to keep magazines with risqué contents higher up the rack.
Ms Mountford said: "It is particularly hybrid magazines that cause concerns. They might present themselves as primarily being about music or computers so they are kept away from the top shelf.
"But some actually contain what is effectively soft porn images inside.
"It is not just nudity, it is people in provocative poses.
"We don't want to ban them. Adults can read what they want."
During the reading of the Bill, Ms Curtis-Thomas said the magazines contained articles which were explicit and denigrated women, making them unsuitable for people under 18.
Examples included one article which invited men to enter a competition to win breast enlargements for their girlfriends and another which contained images of `girl on girl action'.
She said: "What impressions are boys gaining about the importance of women in society and what messages are we sending to young girls?"
Tory Angela Watkinson opposed the Bill and said it would just lead to the creation of yet another Government department.
But Ms Mountford said any committee set up would not have to meet on a permanent basis and could even be incorporated into an existing organisation, such as the Press Complaints Commission.
She added: "They would only need to meet if a new publication came out or if there was a complaint. It is not a new Government office."
Ms Mountford said Private Member's Bills rarely become law, but she hoped it would bring the Government's attention to the issue.
She added: "It is about time for a legal definition of pornography.
"This is a way of getting the Government to see this as something we should be looking at.
"Hopefully, they will attach it to the next piece of appropriate legislation that comes up," said Ms Mountford.