A Conservative MP's decision to block a bill protecting girls from female genital mutilation was "appalling" and he must change his mind, Treasury minister Liz Truss has said. Sir Christopher Chope provoked outrage after shouting "object" during a debate on anti-FGM legislation last week. Ms Truss said she will "look for him around the Commons" to talk it over.
Communities Secretary James Brokenshire said the government is "looking urgently" at how to get the law passed. Mr Brokenshire said Sir Christopher's own Conservative association was investigating, adding: "I think that's the best place for this to be dealt with."
Councillor Ray Bryan, chairman of the Christchurch and East Dorset Conservative Association, said he has called an executive meeting about the issue for later this week and he will speak to Sir Christopher then. Sir Christopher's objection - which happened in Friday's debate in the Commons - has already been heavily criticised by cross-party MPs.
Sir Christopher argued his aim was to stop badly thought-out legislation. He said he had not been objecting to the substance of the issue, but wanted to see all legislation properly debated. It is not the first time Sir Christopher has come under fire for objecting. He previously infuriated campaigners by objecting to a ban on upskirting last year.