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12 February 2019 05:30

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Ministers vow to revive FGM bill after Tory 'dinosaur' MP blocks it in Commons

When Jess Phillips' immigration speech to the House of Commons recently went viral, it did so not only because it was a witty take on class but because her comment that she wouldn't even trust some of her colleagues to "hold my pint" perfectly spoke to the feeling much of the public have about MPs: that many are out of touch – enjoying the perks, power and privilege of their positions, with little regard for the lives of ordinary people they are meant to represent. Chope, who recently gained notoriety for using an obscure parliamentary tactic to delay upskirting from becoming a criminal offence, was at it again on Friday, this time blocking a bill to make it easier to protect girls believed to be at risk from female genital mutilation (FGM). To him, blocking a bill may be an abstract political game (he claims to not like private member's bills), but such delays can have a real impact on women's and girls' lives. Phillips and many of her hardworking colleagues prove that the stereotype that all politicians are the same is a lazy one, but as long as Chope is permitted to use archaic rules to block progressive laws, all while gaining further rewards, the public's respect for Westminster will continue to decay. Ministers will revive proposals aimed at preventing female genital mutilation, after a Tory MP blocked them in the Commons last week.

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Tory 'dinosaur' Sir Christopher Chope objected to a Private Members' Bill on the child protection plans as it was set to clear its first Parliamentary hurdle on Friday. Labour's shadow equalities minister Carolyn Harris blasted Sir Christopher, the MP for Christchurch, calling his objection to the FGM Bill "shocking". She said it was "disappointing" that her colleague had chosen to object, as she answered an Urgent Question on the matter from Wera Hobhouse, the Lib Dem MP for Bath who had brought forward the legislation as a Private Member's Bill. But Tory MP Philip Hollobone defended Sir Christopher, saying the Government only had to make "a little change" but had instead "relied upon a private member's bill" (PMB). Tory Sir Christopher Chope has had dinosaur bunting hung on his Commons office as MPs vented anger at his decision to block tougher laws against female genital mutilation (FGM).

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On Friday Sir Christopher shouted 'object' to prevent the progress of a Bill allowing the courts to issue protection orders if they think a child is at risk from FGM. Tory MP Christopher Chope (pictured in the Commons on Friday) is facing more anger over blocking legislation protecting girls from genital mutilation The intervention by Sir Christopher on Friday was the second time he had acted against the law. Chief Whip Julian Smith has said he is working to find a way to bring the Children Act 1989 (Amendment) (Female Genital Mutilation) Bill back to the Commons in government time, meaning it could not be so easily blocked. Who is Sir Christopher Chope and why did he block the new law? Christchurch MP Sir Christopher Chope has made a career out of blocking back bench legislation in Parliament.

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Speaking on Sky News' Ridge on Sunday programme, Ms Truss said: 'I was just absolutely appalled because we know there has only been one conviction against somebody for female genital mutilation. She went on: 'I will be looking for him round the Commons and I think Conservatives do need to put peer pressure on our colleagues who are stopping these types of things happening.' 'Obviously, Sir Christopher's own association is investigating this, I think that's the best place for this to be dealt with, but we are determined to take action to confront and combat FGM, that's why we saw this legislation as really positive, had cross party support and why we're determined to take further action.' Like Oath, our partners may also show you ads that they think match your interests. Sir Christopher Chope is under fire for blocking the second reading of a bill that would give courts more powers to protect children at risk of female genital mutilation (FGM). The Tory MP for Christchurch said he will continue to object to bills that the government wants to force through the Commons "on the nod" without a vote. It only takes one MP to say "object" to block the progress of a private member's bill once time for debate has concluded at 2.30pm on a Friday.

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The first seven bills brought by backbench MPs to a Friday sitting of the Commons are guaranteed a second reading debate. The Christchurch MP has defended his use of the procedure to block private member's bills. Chope said he had not been objecting to the substance of the issue, but wanted to ensure it was properly debated. In case you missed the furore whipped up last week, Chope called out "object" during a Friday afternoon session of the House of Commons, thereby killing a private members bill that would have helped to protect girls from the particularly vile form of child abuse known as female genital mutilation. Rollins reflected on the twists and turns that have happened on the way to his many successes, including his upcoming WWE Universal Championship match against Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 35.

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