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Philip Davies MP is blocking a private bill by Nusrat Ghani against so-called honour-based violence. Gets groans and jeers from all sides
Speaking against the bill, Davies said: “It seems that I am the only one in this House at the moment who equally opposes honour-based violence against men, too.” Yet in her speech, Ghani had specifically referred to male victims, saying: “Language matters. The use of the term ‘honour’ to describe a violent criminal act committed against a man, but more often a woman, can only be explained as a means of self-justification for the perpetrator. It diminishes the victim and provides a convenient excuse for what in our society we should more accurately call simply: murder, rape, abuse or enslavement.”
It was not the first time Davies has intervened in parliamentary proceedings with the clear purpose of derailing measures intended to tackle violence against women and girls. In December, he filibustered for more than an hour in an attempt to prevent the passage of a bill calling for ratification of the Istanbul Convention, which has been described as a “gold standard” for tackling violence against women. Just last week, he also spent more than an hour filibustering a bill from MP Caroline Lucas which sought to make sex and relationships education compulsory, so she was unable to finish her opening speech or proceed to a vote.
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