The Public Bill Committee for the DA Bill “meet” today. They will be taking evidence today from, and only from, the following,
- Nicole Jacobs, Designate DA Commissioner
- Southall Black Sisters
- Latin American Women’s Rights Service
- Somiya Basar; Saliha Rashid
- Women’s Aid Federation of England
- End Violence Against Women Coalition
- Refuge; Safelives
- Hestia; Gisela Valle(1) , Step Up
- Migrant Women UK
- Dame Vera Baird QC, Commissioner for Victims & Witnesses
- Local Government Association
- Welsh Women’s Aid
- (1)Latin American Women’s Rights Service (LAWRS)
Absolutely no ideological bias there, then.
Subsequent “meetings” are planned for 9, 10, 11, 16 and 17 June.
You can find the amendments which have been tabled for their august consideration here.
You will find the amendments put forward by Philip Davies and Bob Stewart. Whether they canvassed for support from other MPs I don’t know – but they didn’t get any.
In contrast, the amendments tabled by the other side were supported by a cast of typically 42 MPs.
These lists of supporting MPs include two known abusers of their male partners (Sarah Champion and Layla Moran).
The amendments this crew have proposed include the following,
In any homicide which involves injuries arising from domestic abuse, even if those injuries were not the cause of death, then a charge of murder will be obligatory (neither a charge of, or a plea of, manslaughter will be permitted, thus overturning centuries of fundamental aspects of justice in regard to the significance of premeditation in murder).
Prohibition of reference to sexual history of the deceased in domestic homicide trials. (The Members’ explanatory statement includes: “This draws on the legislative measures in the Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999 to prevent rape defendants raking up or inventing complainants’ previous sexual history.” For example, if the defendant repeatedly found his wife having a threesome with two local cocaine dealers, this cannot be mentioned in mitigation – nor could her persistent sexual belittlement or abuse of the defendant himself be mentioned).
Anonymity for victims in domestic homicides. This would mean that such homicide trials would effectively become secret.
Register for domestic abuse: A register would be created containing the name, home address and national insurance number of any person convicted of domestic abuse. (Note that the NI number has implications for future employment). Specifically,
Each police force in England and Wales shall be responsible for ensuring that such listed people notify relevant police forces within 14 days if they commence a new sexual or romantic relationship. A failure to notify the police shall be an offence liable on conviction to a term of imprisonment not exceeding 12 months. The police force shall have the right to inform any person involved in a relationship with such a listed person of their convictions for (quote) “an offence that amounts to domestic abuse”.
One hopes that even this Committee – or, subsequently, Parliament – will not let that through. But they well might. And it is chilling enough that a large contingent within our legislature is so authoritarian – and so lacking in any wisdom – that they can believe such measures to be desirable. This the feminist state in action.
Of the 42 or so MPs proposing these amendments, I spotted at least 4 who are also members of the Public Bill Committee itself. It is remarkable that this is permitted. One of them is Jess Phillips.