MPs vote for relaxation of abortion law in NI and gay marriage

Real image scan of a 12 week pregnancy, from the NHS
Real image scan of a 12 week pregnancy, from the NHS
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MPs have approved an amendment which aims to extend access to abortion in Northern Ireland by 332 votes to 99, majority 233.

They also voted to 383 to 73 approve New Clause 1 to the NI Executive Formation Bill.

The rainbow flag, which in recent times has come to represent not just homosexual/bisexual people, but transgender people too

The rainbow flag, which in recent times has come to represent not just homosexual/bisexual people, but transgender people too

This requires UK secondary legislation to extend same-sex marriage to Northern Ireland unless an Executive is formed by October 21 2019.

See full report from Sam McBride later.