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Notes on past votes to protect girls from FGM and gender-selection abortion

Today, I met Wycombe High School politics students to answer their questions on a wide range of subjects. I was asked about this vote on Public Whip, which the student had interpreted as being against girl’s interests. It stands as a lesson in how difficult it can be to properly follow events and interpret votes in the House of Commons: I was acting to increase protection for girls. In answering the question without advance notice, I regret I confused two votes. In both cases, […]

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Votes in Porridge

Yesterday during Justice Questions, my colleague James Gray (North Wiltshire) asked a vital question regarding votes for prisoners, which resonates through notions of national sovereignty, natural rights versus conferred rights, and the principle of incarceration. What was of particular concern was the Justice Secretary’s response: Prisoners given the right to vote under the Government’s proposals will vote by post or proxy in the constituency of their normal residence. That is the basis on which prisoners on remand and prisoners convicted but […]

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