MPs add their support to kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls

Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage (right) and Portsmouth North MP Penny Mordaunt are supporting the #BringBackOurGirls campaign.

Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage (right) and Portsmouth North MP Penny Mordaunt are supporting the #BringBackOurGirls campaign.

The hustings at Portsmouth College - from left:  David Carpenter (college governor), Gerald Vernon-Jackson (Lib Dems), Ian McCulloch (Green), Steve Fitzgerald (college teacher and chair), Stephen Morgan (Labour), Kevan Chippindall-Higgin (Ukip) and Penny Mordaunt (Cons)   Picture: Heather Eggelton

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TWO MPs have backed an international call to return hundreds of kidnapped schoolgirls.

Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage and Portsmouth North MP Penny Mordaunt are supporting the #BringBackOurGirls campaign.

It comes after more than 200 schoolgirls were abducted by the Islamist group Boko Haram in Nigeria. Forty-nine female MPs released a joint statement about the kidnapping.

It said: ‘We, as female MPs, stand with women worldwide in condemning in the strongest possible terms the sickening crimes being perpetrated against schoolgirls in northern Nigeria.

‘The brutal treatment of girls seeking an education – a right we take for granted for our daughters – demonstrates the cruelty and immorality of this group.’

Ms Dinenage called it an ‘abominable act of terrorism’.

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