Lapdancer’s fury after she was asked to dance live on air for Jeremy Vine

An ex lapdancer was furious after she was asked to dance for Jeremy Vine on air.

Mandy Rose Jones, 29, was approached to be a guest on his Channel 5 programme to discuss plans to restrict strip clubs in Glasgow.

She says she feels "cheapened" by the seedy request and was forced to pull out of her appearance.

If she'd gone ahead with the dance it would have aired before 10am when the chat show goes live.

The blogger and activist, originally from Hawick in the Borders, gave up lapdancing in a Glasgow club last year and is now campaigning against the proposals to curb sexual entertainment venues in the city.

Taking to Twitter , she said: "They asked me if I'd lap dance live on air! Feels as if my voice on the topic isn't valid enough.

"Always open to using my voice but asking me to use my body I feel cheapens my knowledge and contribution on the subject.

"I'm far from stupid. Asking me to lap dance on national television is not how I wish to work.

"The fact I was asked to give a lap dance live on TV at 10am shows how much stigma still surrounds these venues and how quickly the work is cheapened. I'm happy to share my views but I can do so well fully clothed."

The Jeremy Vine Show later cancelled the segment on lap dancing.

A researcher then emailed her to apologise, telling her: "Hi Mandy, I've just seen your tweet and I wanted to assure you that your voice absolutely is valid. I can only express my sincerest apologies and I'll make absolutely sure that when we do a part like this in the future, your voice will be heard."

Sources on the show said a member of the production team had an 'exploratory conversation' with Mandy and that the apology was for the topic not going ahead

They insisted a lap dance would never have been approved by senior producers.

A spokesman for The Jeremy Vine Show said: "The daily show is a topical debate programme and we consider numerous topics in our planning meeting.

"Our research team was exploring potential contributors to take part in a balanced discussion about the proposed ban on lap dancing clubs but this wasn't an item that was selected for the programme.

"At a senior editorial level there was never an intention for anyone to lap dance in the studio."

A public consultation has been opened on whether Glasgow should introduce special permits for lap dancing and whether it should set a limit on their number.

However, performers and activists say that closing the clubs would take away a safe and valuable place of work.

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