Loose Womens Charlene White explains why she doesn’t wear a poppy on screen

Loose Women panellist Charlene White has opened up as to why she won't be wearing a poppy on screen up to Armistice Day on November 11.

The presenter posted to her Twitter page explaining why she has made this decision in the past.

She said that the racist and sexist abuse that she receives made the decision even more difficult.

Charlene wrote: "I support and am patron of a number of charities, and due to impartiality rules, I am not allowed to visually support them all whilst presenting news programmes.

"That includes things like a red ribbon for World Aids Day, or a purple band for Bowel Cancer Awareness Month.

"Both these and many more charities do great things in the UK, but I'm not allowed to give them exposure on screen.

"So I feel uncomfortable supporting just one charity above all others, namely The Royal British Legion, but I fully support my colleagues who do choose to wear the poppy on screen."

However, she went on to say that she continues to wear a poppy when she isn't on screen.

Charlene explained that her dad and uncle were part of the armed forces but they understood as to why she didn't want to wear a poppy while presenting on TV.

The star's dad was in the Royal Air Force and her uncle was in the Army.

She added: "So please don't think that I don't support the work that our service personnel do, or that I don't understand the sacrifices made by servicemen and women 100 years ago. I do."

Charlene made it clear that she thinks it's important to fight for freedom of speech.

She wrote: "It is always important to remember what my family, your family, and millions of people over many generations have fought for: the right to choose, and the right of freedom of speech and expression."

The tweet received a mixed reaction with one person asked why Charlene thought she was 'special'.

They said: "Lots support other charities and causes but they still wear a poppy what makes you so special."

However many people supported Charlene's decision.

One person tweeted: "Hopefully there will come a year that you don't have to repost this. Personal choice should be respected in all circumstances."

As another added: "It’s crazy you can’t support all your charities -why wouldn’t you be able to show support your support to others just madness. Stick by your views well done for standing to your values."

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