Parliament Resumes

I am heading back to London today as the House of Commons resumes after Parliament’s half term recess last week. Business is scheduled to start with questions to the Department for Work and Pensions. This is then due to be followed by the remaining stages of the Cultural Property (Armed Conflicts) Bill and then consideration of the amendments made in the House of Lords to the High Speed Rail (London – West Midlands) Bill.

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  1. David – I’m told that you have been working to prevent the passage of a bill designed to protect women from domestic violence, via the ‘Istanbul Convention’. Can this be true?

    • I want to see violence and domestic violence reduced against both men and women. The government has already said it is going to ratify the Istanbul Convention once it has dealt with outstanding matters which incidentally have nothing to do with this Country but relate to taking jurisdiction for crimes committed abroad. It will be interesting to see whether the government does decide to seek powers to deal only where offences are committed against women. So much for equality. Whilst I entirely accept that there are more cases of domestic violence against women than men there are still many cases where men are the victims and men are less likely to report such cases. Anyway this Bill which is about as toothless as any Bill could be and contains absolutely no measures to ‘protect women’ has been passed anyway. As was pointed out in the Commons yesterday there is no evidence from those Countries who have ratified the Convention that it has reduced violence against women or domestic violence.
      Kind regards,
      David

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