Sir Christopher Chope has recently blocked the FGM bill by shouting ‘object’. The private members’ bill introduced by cross-bencher Lord Berkley and supported by FGM campaigners such as Nimco Ali, has already been blocked by Chope once before. The bill itself gives greater powers for authorities to act on cases of FGM and provide better protection for those who are most vulnerable.
We at Christchurch Labour Party absolutely oppose Chope’s decision to block this bill once again and say that enough is enough, and call on the Tories to withdraw the whip for his continuing disgraceful behaviour that cannot represent the views of his constituents, nor the country. That is why we continued on Saturday to show that we are a genuine choice for change and show the people of Christchurch what their MP does with his time in parliament.