MP objects to domestic violence bill
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Conservative MP Philip Davies objects to domestic violence bill

Conservative MP Philip Davies says he disagrees with the "fundamental premise" of a bill urging the government to ratify an international agreement on combating violence against women, because it does not mention violence against men at all.

Amid complaints from other MPs in the House of Commons chamber, he tells the Commons that only "morons on Twitter" would take the view that because he opposes the legislation he is in favour of violence against women.

The bill on ratifying the 2012 Istanbul Convention, put forward by the SNP's Eilidh Whiteford, later passed its first parliamentary hurdle by 135 votes to two.

Ministers said they supported the bill but would seek to amend elements of it later during its parliamentary passage.

  • 16 Dec 2016