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Joanna Cherry – the barrister and SNP MP behind one of the series of court cases around the UK challenging Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend parliament for five weeks – has been tweeting about an experience on the streets today, contrasting it with the protection afforded to Andrea Leadsom when the Tory minister was heckled on Saturday.
Walking back into Parliament after @BBCNewsChannel with a loud aggressive man shouting in my face ‘you’re a f**king disgrace”. Seems it’s only Tory ministers who get a police escort but thanks to the lovely English lady who walked with me #BrexitShambles
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An attempt by the DUP to suspend the standing orders of the Stormont assembly to push through a private members’ bill that would maintain Northern Ireland’s ban on abortion has failed, as expected, because it requires the election of a speaker on a cross community basis.
At the start of today’s proceedings – viewed variously as a stunt designed to play to the DUP’s political base at a time when the party has been wrong-footed over Brexit or an articulation of a point of principle – there was a bid by anti-abortion assembly members to fast-track a piece of private members’ legislation through in a single day to thwart the abortion reform.