Margot Parker MEP has reacted to the news of a woman becoming the first in the UK to be found guilty of female genital mutilation, (FGM).
The East Midlands MEP, who has campaigned strongly against the practice, spoke out after the 37-year-old was found guilty of the mutilation of her three-year-old daughter.
"This sends a message that this barbaric practice will not be tolerated.
"FGM has been illegal in the UK for more than 30 years - including cases where girls are sent 'home' to be mutilated in the name of culture. It is entirely about keeping women in their place, asserting power over them and destroying their sexual identities.
"The practice is abhorrent and is something we should, as a society, make clear is not acceptable under any circumstances and politically correct cultural sensitivities be damned."