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Christine Lampard and Gloria Hunniford slam mum who won't let dad bath daughters

By Ivan Little

Gloria Hunniford has angrily attacked politically correct campaigners who have called for fathers to be banned from bathing their baby daughters.

The veteran Portadown broadcaster told ITV's Loose Women programme yesterday that 'PC' had gone too far.

"If a father can't bath his own children I don't get that. I really don't," she said.

Fellow Ulster broadcaster Christine Lampard also hit out during a debate on the social media controversy sparked by a mother who has stopped her husband from bathing their daughters because "they don't have the same parts".

Gloria said she used to bath her young son Paul and late daughter Caron together.

Christine said she wondered how single fathers were expected to behave when they had their children on their own.

She said her football star husband Frank Lampard had been in that position before meeting her.

She added: "He had two very young daughters.

"What are they supposed to do?

"Are they supposed to go filthy for the entire week?"

Christine said it was sad that people were sexualising innocent pastimes like bathing.

And she said as they got older, girls knew when the time had come to tell their fathers to stay out at bath-time.

"That's the end of it then," she said.

The mainly female audience applauded loudly as the Northern Irish presenters spoke out. Another Loose Women host, Birds of a Feather actress Linda Robson, also criticised the bathing 'ban'.

She said: "When they're babies or when they're toddlers it's lovely to share a bath with them."

Two years ago American celebrity blogger Perez Hilton landed in hot water after posting a picture of him and his two-year-old son Mario in the bath.

Hilton, who once appeared in the British version of Celebrity Big Brother, told his millions of followers on Instagram that the selfie was typical of his family's motto - "fun" - and he said he was wearing trunks.

Only the faces of the father and son were visible. Critics attacked Hilton online and claimed there were sinister intentions behind the picture but other posts defended him and said the photograph was totally innocent.

The row even made it onto the ITV programme This Morning where one journalist claimed that sharing the image could become a "trigger" to victims of sexual abuse.

Hilton said: "If this were a woman doing this people would have responded in a different way."

It's not the first time controversy over the issue has hit the headlines.

In 1995 former newsreader Julia Somerville and her architect boyfriend Jeremy Dixon were questioned by Scotland Yard's child-pornography unit over photographs of their seven-year-old daughter in the bath.

Mr Dixon was held after he went to a Boots chemist's shop to pick up what the couple insist were "family photographs".

They were later released without charge.

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