One post today and now another already – I did say I needed to post one to get writing again!
A new plan is underway to grant anonymity to defendants in rape cases, something which I think is awful – there has been an Early Day Motion tabled which states:
That this House believes that the Government’s proposal to grant anonymity to defendants in rape cases sends a message to juries and rape victims that the victim is not to be believed; fears that this could inhibit the effective prosecution of serial rapists; is further concerned that this will reverse the progress made on the prosecution of rape cases noted in the independent Stern Review; is further concerned that the Government has put forward the proposal without any research, evidence or examination of these issues; and calls on the Government to withdraw its proposal.
I have taken this opportunity to write to my new MP – Jackie Doyle-Price ( a Conservative) to see if she has plans to vote for the EDM. I have also asked her about what she will do about Cameron’s promise to cut the abortion limit to 20 weeks.
I will be interested to see if she responds, as when I emailed my local representatives prior to the election about the Digital Economy bill I received one out of three responses.