An Tory MP has spoke out about the "embarrassment and shame" she felt as a teenager when she was forced to use toilet paper or newspaper instead of sanitary products when she had her period.

Raising the issue of period poverty during PMQs , Amanda Solloway, the new Tory MP for Derby North, said her family were unable to afford sanitary products, so she had to improvise.

From Monday, the Government introduced a scheme to allow schools and colleges to order free sanitary products for their learners.

She told MPs: "You may have noticed that it's been a long time since I was a teenager.

"My memory has faded over the years, yet I still remember the embarrassment and shame that I felt each month when I had my period.

"We couldn't afford sanitary products and I was forced to use toilet paper or, when we didn't have that, newspaper.

"Would the Prime Minister agree with me and acknowledge the work of Amika George, the founder of the Free Periods campaign group, that means no young woman of school age in this country should ever have to feel the shame I felt and remember all those years ago?"

Amanda Solloway said she wanted to make sure girls never have to feel the shame she did

Responding, Boris Johnson said: "I congratulate my honourable friend on the campaign that she is waging on this issue and I'm delighted to tell her that free period products are to be made available to all schools and colleges in England so that we can ensure that no young person's education is disrupted by their period.

"I'd like to pay particular tribute to the work of Amika George, who has done so much to bring about change.

"And I just remind the House that of course it's when we get Brexit done, which we will, which they would still block, that we will be able to cut VAT on sanitary products and make period products cheaper for everybody in the country."