Quote from Shabana Mahmood MP regarding forced marriage and domestic violence

Shabana Mahmood MP said:

"I have worked constructively with both organisations but as I was not present at the meeting I do not feel able to comment on the dispute between the two parties.

"However I wish to make clear that domestic violence and forced marriage are issues of serious and genuine concern. I believe that mosques have a special role to play in raising awareness and affecting change and I think they can do this work best by collaborating with organisations like Muslim Women's Network that have a track record of successfully supporting women who face these ordeals."