Abortion moves far from dead

Just the day after Westminster goes off for the long hols, up pops the campaign to extend abortion to Northern Ireland with a quick ambush to keep the issue boiling and NI MPs nerves on edge all summer. Telly pundit and MP Diane Abbot told the BBC’s Today programme (see 8.42) that the cross party group would seek to move an amendment to the Human Embryology and Fertilisation Bill, controversially postponed from last week to the autumn. All this in defiance of Gordon Brown’s efforts to thwart the move and appease NI MPs over the alleged 42 days detention deal, according to this and other accounts.

Former BBC journalist and manager in Belfast, Manchester and London, Editor Spolight; Political Editor BBC NI; Current Affairs Commissioning editor BBC Radio 4; Editor Political and Parliamentary Programmes, BBC Westminster; former London Editor Belfast Telegraph. Hon Senior Research Fellow, The Constitution Unit, Univ Coll. London