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Claire Perry waves her football scarf to send an urgent World Cup message on domestic violence

Tory MP Claire Perry has joined in the spirit of the World Cup and paraded round the House of Commons waving her football scarf – as a supporter of Leicester City – despite the summer weather.

And to send a message about the shocking rise of domestic violence at past global football tournaments.

“There’s a sporty feeling in the air as the World Cup looms,” the Devizes member reveals in her local newspaper column. “And although it has been years since I waved a football scarf, I was sporting a woolly around the House of Commons, to surprised looks, given it was a warm, sunny day.

“My wearing of this unseasonable accessory was to show my support for the Football United campaign, a new initiative to reduce the incidence of domestic violence, which shockingly rose by 30 per cent in Britain during the last World Cup.

“Clubs across the UK have signed the ‘Football United Club Pledge’ to send a message that domestic violence is unacceptable and I was happy to discuss the work with other MPs and representatives from Wiltshire Police at the launch event.”

And 50-year-old Mrs Perry adds:  “Wiltshire has led the UK in
developing new approaches to preventing and prosecuting this cowardly crime and our local work has now been rolled out nationally.

“Unlike me, Angelina Jolie was dressed in a very summery fashion when she came to Westminster for an international summit with William Hague to end sexual violence in war.

“Whether it is the sexual violence that haunted the Bosnian wars or the ongoing abduction and abuse of women and men in current conflicts in Africa, the summit is aiming to send a message that this crime will no longer be tolerated and prosecutions will increase – with Britain leading the world through its diplomatic and international development efforts.

“This is one of those cross-party, apolitical efforts that makes me proud of our country and our ability to punch above our weight on the global stage.”

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