Following Michael Fabricant’s walk for the Pathway Project against Domestic Violence in Lichfield on Saturday 19th October, he raised the work of the Project with Theresa May, the Home Secretary, in the House of Commons today (Monday,28th October) and asked that a Home Office Minister visit the programme.
This is the exchange as recorded by Hansard:
Michael Fabricant (Lichfield) (Con): Last week I wore pink, in common with 100 others in Lichfield—pink trousers, pink shirt, pink feather boa—to walk for the Pathway project in my constituency. The project looks after those—not only women, but men too—who suffer from domestic violence. Will the Home Secretary or one of her team please come to Lichfield to see the good work the Pathway project is doing?
Mr Speaker: The hon. Gentleman must have looked even more exotic than usual.
Mrs May: I know that my hon. Friend has a fondness for taking photographs, and I wonder whether he has taken a photograph of himself that could perhaps be circulated to Members of the House for their edification. He makes an important point, however, and I commend the Pathway project in Lichfield. I have noted the hon. Gentleman’s invitation, as has the Minister for Crime Prevention, my hon. Friend Member for Lewes (Norman Baker) for one of us to come and visit. May I say what excellent work people in the Pathway project and similar schemes are doing on this important issue?
Michael Fabricant now says “If the Project contact me, I would be more than happy to arrange a visit by a Home Office minister so she or he can see the excellent work being undertaken in Lichfield and Burntwood. I was proud to hold the banner ‘Real Men don’t hit Women’ and was delighted so much money was raised for this Project.”
Photograph shows Michael Fabricant with Kathy Coe (Director of the Pathway Project)
See original News Release here http://www.michael.fabricant.mp.co.uk/news-001088.ihtml