After two years of trying, today I was finally successful in the ballot for Prime Minister’s Questions!
I used the opportunity to raise the case of a woman who came to my office fleeing domestic violence. She had all her belongings with her, but no money and nowhere to stay that night.
My caseworker tried to find her a bed in a refuge, but every single one in London was full. I asked the Prime Minister what advice she would have given to my constituent.
After failing to give a direct answer, the PM claimed that the Government has been putting more money into refuges – this is not what we are seeing on the ground. She also stated that the Government will be using new legislation (the Draft Domestic Violence and Abuse Bill) to look at what more can be done to protect victims and hold perpetrators to account.
I will be watching the Government’s progress on this very closely. It is clear a huge amount needs to be done before victims can be guaranteed the support they deserve.