MORE than half-a-million people across Scotland can now access free period products, the Scottish Government said as MSPs were urged to back legislation to provide them for all in need.

Ministers said they have invested £15 million to help make sanitary towels and tampons available for free and tackle the stigma surrounding periods.

Speaking following a visit to an Asda store in Edinburgh where free period products are provided in toilets, Communities Secretary Aileen Campbell said the Government is “committed to making sure our work is reaching everyone it should”.

She said: “The work we are doing in Scotland is world-leading and

I am delighted we are now reaching up to 500,000 women and girls.”

But Labour’s Monica Lennon called on the SNP and Scottish Conservatives to drop opposition to her plans for a new law aimed at ending period poverty.

Her Member’s Bill to provide free period products to all who need them was rejected by a Holyrood committee last week.