Supermarket chain Morrison's became the first in the country to back MP Chi Onwurah's calls to ban sexist toys.
Morrisons has said it will look at how girls and boys toys are displayed in its stores.
Chi Onwurah, MP for Newcastle Central, has led efforts to force an end to gender stereotyping which can see girls offered pink toys and boys offered blue toys.
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