Appalling – UKIP’s Margot Parker hits out at police over FGM Tweet storm

Delivered by Margot Parker, on 28 February 2017

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AN appalled MEP has called on West Midlands Police to explain a series of Tweets on the horrific crime of female genital mutilation.


Margot Parker, UKIP's spokesperson on Women and Equalities issues, said she was disgusted to read a West Midlands Police, (WMP,) Tweet yesterday, (Sunday), which stated it would refrain from prosecuting those responsible for inflicting FGM, the implication being that it would be counter-productive in terms of community cohesion and family stability.


Mrs Parker has written to the Chief Constable of West Midlands Police, the Police and Crime Commissioner, the Director of Public Prosecutions and Home Secretary Amber Rudd.


The East Midlands MEP said: "The Tweet was deleted but further Tweets which attempted to clarify the position of WMP on this sickening crime just added to the confusion.


"Should we not enforce laws on all groups and sections of society? Would the police have the same attitude if this barbaric practice was carried out in Christian communities?


"Our laws apply to everyone, equally, regardless of gender, faith or ethnicity - or at least they should. Any moves to detract from that ideal can only be seen as a dereliction of duty and failing to execute the responsibility for the equal, unbiased enforcement of the law expected of the police and wider criminal justice system.


"There has not been a single successful prosecution in the UK on FGM - the institutional failures are clear for all to see and I would hope WMP is committed to rectifying those failures and protecting vulnerable women and girls from those who would abuse them in this awful way.


"I want WMP to confirm its intention to vigorously enforce the law when it comes to FGM."



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