David Maddison has been working for over two years to change the law around the protection against FGM. He persuaded Lord Berkeley of Knighton to take up the issue in the House of Lords, which was then promoted in the Commons by Zac Goldsmith MP.
David’s desire to change the law came about because he has worked on many FGM cases but noticed there was a difference in the protection available to girls at risk of forced marriage and those at risk of FGM. He formulated a proposal to show how the law needed changing, and then lobbied various members of Parliament to implement it. The result is the Children Act 1989 (Amendment) (Female Genital Mutilation) Act 2019 which closes this loophole.
The Bill recently hit the headlines because Sir Christopher Chope shouted it down when it was proposed for a second reading. David was particularly pleased as this caused the Government to pick the Bill up, which significantly hastened its passage on to the Statute book.
David said: “I am pleased to have been able to change to law, and improve the armoury of weapons available to Judges in the fight against female genital mutilation.”