Jess Phillips

Rise in female homicide victims 'horrendous' - MP

A West Midlands MP has described a rise in domestic violence murders as "horrendous", but said they were "inevitable" in light of cuts to public services over the years.

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The number of female homicide victims in England and Wales has risen to the highest level since 2006.

There were 241 female victims of murder, manslaughter and infanticide in the 12 months to the end of March 2019, up 10% on the previous year.

Almost half of victims were killed in a domestic homicides, with the suspect a partner or ex-partner in 38% of cases.

Jess Phillips, the Labour MP for Birmingham Yardley, also said the figures were "no surprise".

When you degrade the escape routes, when you make women poorer, when you cut the council budgets for vulnerable children, when you reduce the police and increase the number of perpetrators released under investigation, you endanger women and children

Jess PhillipsLabour MP Birmingham Yardley

Jess Phillips 'to join fight back' after ending leader bid

Louise Hancock

Newsreader, BBC WM

Birmingham MP Jess Phillips says dropping out of the Labour leadership contest won't stop her campaigning.

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In a video message to supporters, the Birmingham Yardley MP said the next leader had to be able to unite the whole Labour movement.

Ms Phillips said she had to "be honest" with herself - "that person is not me".

Four candidates are still in the race to succeed Jeremy Corbyn - Sir Keir Starmer, Rebecca Long-Bailey, Emily Thornberry and Lisa Nandy.

I'm now going to go out into the country and join the fight back because the Labour Party is not about what job description you have, we are the strength of our common endeavour and everybody who has joined in, now we go out into the country in the local elections, the mayoral elections and we fight back."

Jess PhillipsBirmingham Yardley MP

Labour leadership hopefuls bid for GMB union backing

Four Labour leadership candidates will face each other at a hustings later in a bid to gain support from one of the UK's biggest trade unions.

GMB, which represents workers and has 620,000 members, is due to announce who it is backing after the event.

Birmingham Yardley MP Jess Phillips is the only candidate not attending the hustings because of a prior engagement.

Her spokesperson said she has submitted a written statement and sent apologies.

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