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Something fairly extraordinary happened in the Commons yesterday evening, which made me do a bit of a double take!
Namely a former barrister (Conservative) called Suella Fernandes brought forward a private members’ bill to radically overhaul the family justice system and give a ‘rebuttal presumption’ of shared parenting for fathers.
She was supported by quite a few Tory backbenchers (Charlie Elfick, Col. Bob Stewart, Cheryl Gillan were among the backers) and it was completely unopposed at first reading.
She also held it up as a contingency plan if Baroness Deech’s excellent divorce laws reforms fail to gain statute.
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