A Tory dinosaur has been dealt the perfect revenge for blocking a law to protect young girls from Female Genital Mutilation.
Mystery critics draped toy dinosaurs over Christopher Chope’s Westminster office door in fury at his actions last Friday.
And constituent Lorna Rees wrote “fannies against FGM”, “knickers to Chope” and “by-election” please on a pair of ladies’ pants that she appears to have sent to his constituency office in Dorset.
Sir Christopher’s own local councillors have already branded him the “misogynist old guard” and summoned him to an urgent meeting.
And Chief Secretary to the Treasury Liz Truss vowed to track him down and confront him in the corridors of Parliament over his “appalling” behaviour”.
Now today’s protests show either MPs, staffers or someone else with a Parliamentary security pass is determined to show the knighted MP how they feel.
Anti-FGM activist Nimco Ali, who was sent the photo of the Westminster protest, branded the saboteur the “fanny hero of the year” and demanded Sir Christopher is deselected.
“FGM has been illegal for 34 years. Adding FGM to the Children Act was about protection for little girls.
“Little girls who cannot speak up for themselves.
“But Chope took the side of women who said protection could cause offence.”
It comes just months after other colleagues strung women’s pants up outside the same office door in protest at Sir Christopher also blocking a law against upskirting.
Sir Christopher shouted “object” on Friday to a Bill that would make it easier for judges to move child FGM victims into care.
He argued he was preventing it passing a key stage, its second reading, without any debate – which would be undemocractic.
But he only shouted “object” to some Bills and not others. And Commons rules mean the law had to be stalled for more than a month.
Tory whips are now planning to bring the law forward in government time, meaning Sir Christopher will not be able to block it.
Communities Secretary James Brokenshire said he was “hugely disappointed” and hoped Sir Christopher “will reflect”.
Sir Christopher has not commented when approached by the Mirror.
Instead he told the Daily Telegraph he was in favour of the FGM legislation but wanted it to be debated properly by MPs.
He said: “It is a fundamental point… Even the Government insists on having its own Bills debated on second reading.”
Asked about his response to the criticism from the Cabinet ministers, he said: “It is a pity they are indulging in virtue-signalling rather than looking at the substance.”
He added: “My constituents know what I am doing. We are having letters saying ‘what is Parliamentary democracy all about?’ I object to Bills going through undebated at second reading.”
“People are muddling up the substance of the matter. You could virtue signal. We could do all of our law by emotion rather than by debate.”