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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 10:33 am on 15th March 2018.

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Photo of Neil Coyle Neil Coyle Labour, Bermondsey and Old Southwark 10:33 am, 15th March 2018

Two years ago, my constituent Malorie Bantala was attacked by her ex-partner and an accomplice. She was eight months pregnant, and they deliberately targeted her stomach, stamping on her until they caused the loss of the child. Malorie launched a campaign this Mothers’ Day, with the support of Women’s Aid and the Mother of the House, Ms Harman, to get the Infant Life (Preservation) Act 1929 updated. Will the Government provide time to debate this issue, to ensure that men who commit violence that causes the loss of a child are adequately prosecuted and given more appropriate, lengthier sentences?