Today we were meant to debate and vote on our abortion laws. I have had a number of emails from constituents who think this is an important issue, expressing their strong views on the subject. There are pro life MPs wanting to put down amendments, and pro choice MPs ready with their proposals.
We now learn that the government intends to use its majority to prevent these amendments being discussed and voted on. They say there is not enough time. Could that be because we go home at 7pm today instead of 10pm? Could it be because we are being offered such a long Christmas holiday? I would be happy to stay until 10 tonight or later to get the job done.
These amendments are not being abandoned because there is no time. It must be because the government does not want Parliament to debate them, and wants constituents wishes thwarted when they write to us for changes to the law. They should tell us why they are against this debate. It was, after all, a free vote issue. It is a pity Labour MPs will not vote against the timetable proposals so they could get their free vote.