Sarah Champion MP reacts to Istanbul Convention Bill

Reacting to today's third reading of the Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence Bill, Sarah Champion MP said:

The Istanbul Convention ensures that we offer gold-standard support for victims and severe repercussions for perpetrators.

Ratifying it would make a huge difference to the lives of tens of thousands of women in the UK and show that the UK takes domestic violence extremely seriously.

The Government need to stop delaying and ratify the Convention as a matter of urgency.

ENDS

Notes to Editors:

  • The third reading of the Bill, led by Dr Eilidh Whiteford of the SNP, passed today in the House of Commons
  • For full information on ICChange, the campaign to ratify the Istanbul Convention, please visit: http://icchange.co.uk/about/
  • For more information, please call Victoria Finan on 020 7219 5942
Matthew Trueman