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Forced marriages plea to GPs

An MP is to argue that every GP practice should have a copy of new guidelines on how to save young women from forced marriages.

Ann Cryer, the MP for Keighley, has led Labour's

action on forced marriages, which culminated in new guidelines being published last week for social workers. Mrs Cryer described the guidelines as 'first rate' and said she was going to contact Health Secretary John Reid about making them available to GPs.

The guidelines spell out the difference between arranged and forced marriages – the former being a long and often successful tradition, while forced marriage is conducted without the valid consent of either bride or groom and can sometimes involve under-16s.

Mrs Cryer told Pulse: 'The problem is the very people who need this advice are the very people who won't read it.'

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