Gloria de Piero, Labour's new spokesman for women, has voiced her disgust and upset after revealing a national newspaper has been offering thousands for pictures of her as a topless teenager.

A former TV presenter, De Piero's teenage photo shoot came to light during the 2010 election campaign.

De Piero was 15 when the images were taken.

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Gloria De Piero, Labour's new shadow minister for women


She claims she was given "amazing" support by the then-women and equalities minister
, Harriet Harman.

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In a statement posted on her website, the MP said:

Yesterday I learned that a news agency claiming to be acting on behalf of a national newspaper have offered several thousand pounds to obtain topless pictures I posed for when I was a teenager. The offer was made to the owner of a building in Bradford. I understand that he was offered money for access to the building and a further payment if the pictures were found.

I have talked about why I posed for these pictures in interviews before. I thought at the time it was a way of improving my circumstances. This is part of my story and part of who I am. I can’t change it now but this happened over twenty years ago.

It is now time to call off the hunt for these pictures and let me get on with the job I was elected to do, representing the people of Ashfield and serving in the shadow cabinet.

I don’t think anyone wants politics to be open only to those people who were planning their political careers in their teens. I would like to see a politics that represents our country, including many more women from all walks of life, and that is something I am passionately committed to help bring about.

No one should have to worry that something they did when they were young might prevent them from serving their community or getting involved in politics at a local or national level.

The revelation is the latest in a string of stories where politicians have taken the media to task for invasions into their private lives.

Earlier this month, Labour leader Ed Miliband demanded a public apology for the Mail's piece about his father Ralph Miliband entitled 'The Man Who Hated Britain'. He got a right-of-reply, but no apology. But Geordie Greig, editor of the Mail on Sunday, did apologise after reporters crashed a memorial service for Miliband's uncle in the midst of the media storm.

Louise Mensch, the former Tory MP, successfully headed off a story about her youthful drug taking.

In an attempt to take the wind out of the story before it was published, Mensch said it was "highly probable" she had taken drugs at the time.

"I'm sure it was not the only incident of the kind; we all do idiotic things when young," she said.

She won plaudits from political friends and foes at the time for her candour.

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  • 2010 General Election campaign Apr 8th

    Gloria De Piero, Labour candidate for Ashfield in Nottinghamshire, outside Labour's campaign office in Kirkby in Ashfield before she starts her General Election campiagn trail today .

  • Labour shadow cabinet

    The Labour shadow cabinet (top row left to right) Parliamentary Private Secretary Wayne David, Shadow Secretary of State for Education Tristram Hunt, Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Lords Chief Whip Lord Bassam of Brighton, Shadow Secretary of State for Wales Owen Smith, Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office Michael Dugher, General Secretary of The Labour Party Iain McNicol, Coordinator of the Labour Party Policy Review Jon Cruddas, Shadow Secretary of State for Defence Vernon Coaker; (Middle row left to right) Shadow Secretary of State for Health Andy Burnham, Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Caroline Flint, Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer Ed Balls, Leader of the Labour Party Ed Miliband, Shadow Deputy Prime Minister, Party Chair and Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport Harriet Harman, Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper, Shadow Minister for Housing Emma Reynolds, Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Hilary Benn, Shadow Secretary of State for Transport Mary Creagh, Shadow Leader of the House of Lords Baroness Royall of Blaisdon, Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities Gloria De Piero, Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Rachel Reeves, Shadow Minister without Portfolio and Deputy Party Chair Jon Trickett; (Bottom row left to right) Shadow Secretary of State for International Development Jim Murphy, Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland Margaret Curran, Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury Chris Leslie, Shadow Leader of the House of Commons and Chair of the National Policy Forum Angela Eagle, Shadow Lord Chancellor, Secretary of State for Justice and Shadow Minister for London Sadiq Khan, Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Maria Eagle, Shadow Foreign Secretary and Chair of General Election Strategy Douglas Alexander, Shadow Attorney General Emily Thornberry, Opposition Chief Whip Rosie Winterton and Shadow Minister for Care and Older People Liz Kendall outside the Houses of Parliament, central London.

  • Cabinet reshuffle

    File photo dated 09/02/11 of MP Gloria De Piero, who has been lifted up the Labour party ranks to shadow equalities minister.

  • 2010 General Election declarations

    Labour candidate Gloria de Piero at the election count for the seat of Ashfield at Festival Hall, Kirkby in Ashfield.

  • 2010 General Election declarations

    Labour candidate Gloria de Piero is declared the winner for the seat of Ashfield at Festival Hall, Kirkby in Ashfield.

  • 2010 General Election campaign Apr 26th

    Labour candidate for Ashfield Gloria De Piero during a visit to Eastwood in Nottinghamshire, where she met members of the public

  • 2010 General Election declarations

    Labour candidate Gloria de Piero at the election count for the seat of Ashfield at Festival Hall, Kirkby in Ashfield.

  • 2010 General Election declarations

    Labour candidate Gloria de Piero is declared the winner for the seat of Ashfield at Festival Hall, Kirkby in Ashfield. Labour retained this seat.

  • 2010 General Election declarations

    Labour candidate Gloria de Piero is congratulated by her partner James Robinson after she was declared the winner for the seat of Ashfield at Festival Hall, Kirkby in Ashfield.

  • 2010 General Election campaign Apr 26th

    Labour candidate for Ashfield Gloria De Piero and Home Secretary Alan Johnson sign a Crime Summit Pledge during a visit to Eastwood in Nottinghamshire.

  • 2010 General Election campaign Apr 26th

    Labour candidate for Ashfield Gloria De Piero and Home Secretary Alan Johnson meet members of the public during a visit to Eastwood in Nottinghamshire.

  • 2010 General Election campaign Apr 26th

    Labour candidate for Ashfield Gloria De Piero and Home Secretary Alan Johnson meet members of the public during a visit to Eastwood in Nottinghamshire.

  • 2010 General Election campaign Apr 26th

    Labour candidate for Ashfield Gloria De Piero and Home Secretary Alan Johnson meet members of the public during a visit to Eastwood in Nottinghamshire.

  • 2010 General Election campaign Apr 26th

    Labour candidate for Ashfield Gloria De Piero and Home Secretary Alan Johnson enjoy a drink during a visit to Eastwood in Nottinghamshire.

  • 2010 General Election campaign Apr 26th

    Labour candidate for Ashfield Gloria De Piero and Home Secretary Alan Johnson meet members of the public during a visit to Eastwood in Nottinghamshire.

  • 2010 General Election campaign Apr 26th

    Labour candidate for Ashfield Gloria De Piero and Home Secretary Alan Johnson meet members of the public during a visit to Eastwood in Nottinghamshire.

  • 2010 General Election campaign Apr 26th

    Labour candidate for Ashfield Gloria De Piero and Home Secretary Alan Johnson meet members of the public during a visit to Eastwood in Nottinghamshire.

  • 2010 General Election campaign Apr 16th

    Labour candidate for Ashfield Gloria de Piero canvassing in Sutton in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire. The 37-year-old said her decision to turn to politics was about following her heart and serving people - a desire influenced by her humble roots.

  • 2010 General Election campaign Apr 16th

    Labour candidate for Ashfield Gloria de Piero canvassing in Sutton in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire. The 37-year-old said her decision to turn to politics was about following her heart and serving people - a desire influenced by her humble roots.

  • 2010 General Election campaign Apr 16th

    Labour candidate for Ashfield Gloria de Piero canvassing in Sutton in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire. The 37-year-old said her decision to turn to politics was about following her heart and serving people - a desire influenced by her humble roots.

  • 2010 General Election campaign Apr 16th

    Labour candidate for Ashfield Gloria de Piero canvassing in Sutton in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire. The 37-year-old said her decision to turn to politics was about following her heart and serving people - a desire influenced by her humble roots.

  • 2010 General Election campaign Apr 16th

    Labour candidate for Ashfield Gloria de Piero canvassing in Sutton in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire. The 37-year-old said her decision to turn to politics was about following her heart and serving people - a desire influenced by her humble roots.

  • 2010 General Election campaign Apr 16th

    Labour candidate for Ashfield Gloria de Piero canvassing in Sutton in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire. The 37-year-old said her decision to turn to politics was about following her heart and serving people - a desire influenced by her humble roots.

  • 2010 General Election campaign Apr 16th

    Labour candidate for Ashfield Gloria de Piero canvassing in Sutton in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire. The 37-year-old said her decision to turn to politics was about following her heart and serving people - a desire influenced by her humble roots.

  • 2010 General Election campaign Apr 8th

    Gloria De Piero, Labour candidate for Ashfield in Nottinghamshire, outside Labour's campaign office in Kirkby in Ashfield before she starts her General Election campiagn trail today .

  • Labour General Election pledge launch

    Labour PPC for Ashfield Gloria De Piero listens to Prime Minister Gordon Brown, address party activists and PPCs during the Labour General Election pledge launch, at the University of Nottingham, Jubilee Campus, Nottingham.

  • Labour General Election pledge launch

    (left to right) Labour PPC for Ashfield Gloria De Piero, Leader of the House of Commons Harriet Harman and Prime Minister Gordon Brown, following his address to party activists and PPCs during the Labour General Election pledge launch, at the University of Nottingham, Jubilee Campus, Nottingham.