House of Lords has one big problem with Love Island

Ian Sandwell
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From Digital Spy

Love Island has been discussed in the House of Lords of all places, and it turns out that one politician has a big problem with it.

Liberal Democrat Lord Storey spoke about the ITV2 reality show earlier this week and criticised how many people were seen smoking – something which viewers had complained about earlier this year.

"I don't know whether he is a regular watcher of Love Island but if he were to look at the ITV website, it describes Love Island as 'an emotional feast of lust and passion in the sun'," Lord Storey argued.

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"The same website says that this programme captures 56% share of 16-34-year-olds. On this programme, those contestants are regularly smoking. What message does that say to young people? That I can live a glamorous life if I smoke as well."

He added that since Ofcom's broadcasting code states smoking must not be glamourised in programmes likely to be seen widely or by under 18-year-olds, "doesn't the Minister think that Ofcom should really take action in this matter?"

Culture Minister Lord Ashton responded by admitting he is not "a regular watcher of Love Island" and noted that Ofcom investigates any complaints about a programme.

"Incidentally, just to put it in perspective, Ofcom had just under 15,000 complaints last year and 75 related to smoking on Love Island," he added.

This is just like that time when Prime Minister Theresa May embarrassed a fellow Tory MP during Prime Minister's Questions by revealing that Mike Fabricant, the MP for Lichfield, would be on Celebrity First Dates.

Who says politicians aren't down with the kids?

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