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Around seven o’clock tonight, members of parliament will have a vote on granting the same rights to the people of Northern Ireland as are available to rest of the United Kingdom on abortion and same-sex marriage.
The government attempted to jettison the amendment being put forward by Stella Creasy and Conor McGinn, but it has just been confirmed that the vote will reach the House of Commons tonight. While this causes enormous problems for the Conservative government – propped up by the even more rightwing Democratic Unionist party – the vote will not be whipped as a matter of conscience.
This gives it a good chance of success, as long as MPs turn up to show the wealth of support these reforms would have. With just an hour or so to go, you still have chance to get in touch with your MP and ask them to support tonight’s amendment. It could really make the difference.
– Conor Pope, deputy editor
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