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MARGOT Parker MEP has again called for more action to stamp out the practice of female genital mutilation,(FGM).
Margot Parker MEP, who is deputy chairman of UKIP and represents the East Midlands region, has long fought against what she calls the "abhorrent practice of FGM."
Figures in Bristol revealed about 535 victims of FGM - where female genitals are cut, injured or changed for no medical reason - were seen by doctors, nurses or midwives over the last year.
Of those, about 200 were having their injuries recorded by NHS services for the first time.
Now, Mrs Parker she has again called more prosecutions after reading of the number of FGM cases in Bristol.
She said: "These latest figures are frightening. FGM is a serious problem across towns and cities throughout the country.
"Studies have showed there are more than 100,000 women living with FGM in England and Wales.
"There have also been hundreds of reports of this vile practice being carried out every year but there have still been no convictions
"This is abuse - plain and simple.
"The authorities - legal, criminal and health professionals - all have to be vigilant and report this abuse.
"It is being carried out 'underground' and even before these women reach the UK but there are also instances where the procedure is undertaken in this country and the only way to make it known this is not going to be tolerated is to bring prosecutions.
"The practice is abhorrent and is something we should, as a society, make clear is not acceptable under any circumstances and politically correct cultural sensitivities be damned."
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