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To The Editor,
Margot Parker MEP has said legislation is not the key which would unlock the gender pay gap when it came to paid parental leave for fathers.
As a resident of Corby I share the concerns of the local community regarding the management of the Corby Urgent Care Centre (CUCC) saying they will stop seeing patients after the 31stof March.
Margot Parker MEP, the UKIP Equalities spokesman hit out at comments made by the Prime Minister at Prime Minister's Question today about the wearing of the veil.
To The Editor,
I was interested to read your informative and disturbing piece on how the barbaric practice of FGM is affecting the West Midlands.
FGM has been illegal in the UK for more than 30 years - including if girls are sent 'home' to be mutilated in the name of culture - yet despite robust legislation existing to stop this abuse from occurring, there has not been a single conviction in all that time.
Exact figures of European-resident girls and women who have undergone FGM, or are in danger of having it imposed upon them, are difficult to come by due to the secrecy of the practice and the closed nature of many immigrant communities, but the estimated numbers are staggering - about half a million.
The UK is a lot more capable of stating how prevalent this vile practice is in our own country than many European nations. As many as 170,000 women in the UK are thought to be living with the consequences of this barbarism with 65,000 girls under the age of 13 currently at risk.
The NHS reports on average 100 new cases every week. This is appalling and, coupled with the total lack of convictions, we are not doing anywhere near enough to sort it out. Education is a passive, long term solution. While it should most certainly be part of the action we take, we need to bring the full weight of the law to bear on anyone who acts to harm a girl or woman in this way, or indeed anyone who acts to make it possible.
Margot Parker, UKIP MEP and spokesperson for women and equalities
On Tuesday 14th March, MEP's from across Europe voted in favour of passing damaging legislative changes to the EU Firearms Directive. These changes will put further restrictions on law abiding citizens in Europe who legally possess, or wish to acquire, firearms and ammunition.