Tory Sir Christopher Chope has hung dinosaur bunting at his Commons office while MPs got angry about his decision to block stricter laws against female genital mutilation (FGM).
On Friday, Sir Christopher & # 39; object & # 39; to prevent the progress of a bill that allows the courts to issue protective orders if they think a child is at risk for FGM.
The movement aroused anger from fellow conservatives, with Prime Minister Liz Truss of the Treasure, who swore to track him down and confront him personally this week.
Today, photos of the office of Sir Christopher's Commons, decorated with images of dinosaurs, appeared in a clear reference to the controversy.
But he defended himself in a letter to local members of the Tory association, who said that he only ensured that the bill "adequate quantities of critical research & # 39; received.
Today, pictures of the office of Sir Christopher's Commons, decorated with images of dinosaurs, appeared in a clear reference to the controversy
Tory MP Christopher Chope (Friday pictured in the Commons) becomes more enraged about blocking legislation to protect girls from genital mutilation
The intervention by Sir Christopher on Friday was the second time he acted against the law.
He will later come under attack by parliamentarians now that Minister of Equalities Penny Mordaunt has been called to answer an urgent question about FGM.
Chief Whip Julian Smith has said that he is working on finding a way to bring the Children Act 1989 (Amendment) (Female Genital Mutilation) Bill back to the Commons in government time, which means it could not be easily blocked.
But Sir Christopher has his critics of "signaling of virtue & # 39; accused and defended his actions, arguing that they were aimed at ensuring proper parliamentary control.
Who is Sir Christopher Chope and why did he block the new law?
Christchurch MP Sir Christopher Chope has made a career in blocking back-banking legislation in parliament.
The Tory MP, 71, has stopped the progress of the Hillborough disaster law, a forgiveness for Alan Turing and wild animals in circuses.
He often cites a lack of debate, poor editorial or duplication of the law.
Amongst many accounts he had blocked, Sir Christopher also opposed:
- Free hospital parking for carers
- Making revenge expulsions a crime
- Laws on gay marriage
- Protect police dogs
- Career advice for sixth formers
- National standards for taxi licenses
Sir Christopher, first elected in 1983, has repeatedly criticized the ability of MPs to make minor changes to the law from the backbenches.
Despite his opposition to many overdue bills, the father of two is also the architect of dozens of his own – typically as a way to take time and block other proposals.
He was knighted last year for & # 39; political and public service & # 39 ;.
Sir Christopher is notorious for using mysterious House of Commons procedures to stop backbenchers, despite having widespread support.
He often argues that the government should free up time for such laws, so that they get more detailed research and a ban on upskirting & # 39; and standing in the way of a posthumous pardon for mathematician Alan Turing.
In his letter to local activists in Christchurch, published by the Bournemouth Echo, Sir Christopher said that there is a predictable Twitter storm & # 39; Has been.
An anti-FGM campaigner had told him that the bill could lead to a lot of injustice and family trauma & # 39; if the power was misused, he suggested.
"We need to wake up to the need to clean out obsolete, opaque procedures in this place," he added.
When she said on Sky News' Ridge on Sunday program, Mrs. Truss said: "I was just absolutely upset because we know there has been only one condemnation to someone for female genital mutilation.
& # 39; This is an action that impairs the lives of girls, this happens in our country in the 21st century.
I find that terrible and we have to do much, much more to stop it, and when I see one of my colleagues against a measure that could have saved the lives of girls, girls from that awful experience could have saved, I am absolutely shocked by that. & # 39;
She continued: "I will look for him through the Commons, and I think that Conservatives should really put pressure on fellow colleagues who prevent this sort of thing." & # 39;
Mr. Brokenshire told the show of Andrew Marr of the BBC. Sir Christopher's actions were & # 39; really shocking about so & # 39; s serious problem & # 39 ;.
& # 39; It is hugely disappointing that this bill can not go any further, & # 39; he said.
We are therefore urgently seeking to give the government time for legislation to make this possible.
It is clear that Sir Christopher's own association is investigating this, I think this is the best place to deal with this, but we are determined to take action to combat and fight FGM, which is why we saw this legislation as really positive, we had a cross-party support and why we are determined to take further action. & # 39;
Under the Commons procedures, MEPs are taking part in a vote to decide on the priority given to their private accounts.
Specific Fridays are intended to deal with the legislation. Laws that are not high enough on the list to be discussed before 2.30 pm are then vulnerable to derailment by single opponents.
If someone & # 39; object & # 39; calls when they are proposed, a second reading is refused and they go back to the queue to be considered at a later date.
The new law would have given the councils preventative powers to protect young girls at risk for FGM.
It went unhindered by the House of Lords, but was prevented by Sir Christopher in November – and again on Friday.
Treasury chief secretary Liz Truss told Sky News yesterday that she & # 39; would be looking for & # 39; Sir Christopher to charge him with his action