Istanbul Convention

Today I’ll be in Parliament as Sarah Champion MP and I push for the ratification of the Istanbul Convention which the Conservatives have refused to do.

The Istanbul Convention is a historic international treaty that requires states to take comprehensive action, set out minimum standards and create legally binding measures to tackle and prevent violence against women and girls.

The Government must set a date to ratify and implement the Istanbul Convention without further delay. The Government signed the Convention in 2012, but until they ratify it, the Convention remains just a piece of paper.

That’s why Sarah Champion and I will be voting for a Private Members Bill today which will by-pass the Conservative’s failure to act.