Brown sold out Northern Irish women to win 42 day vote
Jess McCabe // 12 June 2008
Gordon Brown won the vote, clearing the path for police to detain terror suspects for 42 days without charge.
But it would never have happened without support from the DUP – according to the Telegraph, he secured this support by promising – among other things – not to end the ban on abortion in Northern Ireland.
Shaun Woodward, the Northern Ireland Secretary, assured the DUP that the Government had no plans to end the ban on abortion in the province. Abortion has never been legal in Northern Ireland, and women and girls seeking a termination often travel to the England for the procedure.