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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:52 pm on 8th July 2010.

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Photo of Glenda Jackson Glenda Jackson Labour, Hampstead and Kilburn 4:52 pm, 8th July 2010

Why does the hon. Gentleman think that the previous Government changed the law in that way? Surely it was because of the kind of severe cross-examination of rape victims that had taken place previously in which victims were reduced to tears in the witness box, which had clear implications. One point that we have been arguing all afternoon is that that reduced the likelihood of a woman who had experienced rape from coming forward and making such allegations.

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