Speaking on Sky News’ Sophy Ridge on Sunday, Chief Secretary to the Treasury Liz Truss said: “When I see one of my colleagues opposing a measure which could have saved girls’ lives, could have saved girls from that horrendous experience, I’m absolutely appalled.
“I’m going to be speaking to him this week. I want to see him change his mind, I want to see the Conservative Party make sure that we show that that is completely unacceptable.”
She added: “I think Conservatives do need to put peer pressure on our colleagues who are stopping these types of things happening.”
Meanwhile, asked by the BBC’s Andrew Marr whether he was proud to be Sir Christopher’s colleague, Mr Brokenshire said: “I’m just hugely disappointed.
“I understand that Christopher feels a lot about the process issues, about debate, about the way Parliament operates.
“But on this, I hope he will even reflect because this is a hugely sensitive and serious issue.”
Mr Brokenshire reiterated what the government’s Chief Whip, Julian Smith, had tweeted on Friday, saying work is being done to bring back the FGM bill in government time.
How was the bill stopped?
The private member’s bill on Friday, brought by crossbench peer Lord Berkley of Knighton, would have allowed the courts to make interim care orders under the Children Act, in cases where children are believed to be at risk of FGM. The bill had already cleared the House of Lords.
But parliamentary rules mean it only requires one MP to shout “object” to a private member’s bill which is listed for a second reading but not debated to block its progress.
The BBC’s parliamentary correspondent Mark D’Arcy said with a lot of private members’ bills in the queue for consideration in Parliament, this one was unlikely to become law unless the government got behind it or decided to attach it to another piece of legislation.