Redwood Attacks Reforms Makeing Divorce `Easier Than Selling a Home'

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Redwood Attacks Reforms Makeing Divorce `Easier Than Selling a Home'


Byline: PAUL EASTHAM

JOHN Redwood condemned Lord Mackay's controversial divorce reforms as `permissive and amoral' last night.

In his first, potentially devastating public statement on the Family Law Bill, the former Minister attacked the Lord Chancellor's original proposals for no-fault divorce after a year's waiting period.

They would, he said, `make it easier to ditch your husband or wife than it is to cancel a rental contract or sell your home'.

Mr Redwood, figurehead of the Tory Right, said it was important for the party to remain united in the run-up to a general election.

He urged those Tory MPs who fear the measure would make divorce easier not to vote against the Bill next week.

In the same breath, however, Mr Redwood said they should exploit the fact that Ministers had been forced to offer `free' conscience votes on all controversial clauses. In those cases they should `take every opportunity to buttress the family'.

His wounding intervention may ensure the Bill is rendered unrecognisable at the end of its second reading, which begins on Monday.

The statement by the former Welsh Secretary, who was defeated in last summer's Tory leadership contest, reflects the anger of many Tories over Lord Mackay's plans for no-fault divorces.

Under the original proposals couples would have been free to part after only a year. …

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