MP for Banff and Buchan, Dr Eilidh Whiteford has welcomed the vote in Parliament today on her Private Member’s Bill for the ratification of the Istanbul Convention.
The Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence (Ratification of Convention) Bill 2016-17 received its Second Reading, with a vote in Parliament of 135 to 2.
Commenting, Dr Whiteford said: "Today, Parliament sent out a strong signal to women across the UK, that a life without violence is not inevitable and it can be prevented. It is such a great early Christmas present to women, and I’m thankful for the support of such a range of cross-party MPs.
"“The Istanbul Convention lays the groundwork for us to do more to prevent and combat violence against women and domestic violence here in the UK and overseas. It is the best piece of violence against women legislation that has ever been written, anywhere.
“Obviously today’s vote is only the start of the Parliamentary process, and I’m looking forward to working with MPs across the House for the subsequent stages.”