A packed pasta and politics evening provided food for thought for Southport MP John Pugh and local Lib Dem members.
It was the latest in a series of events organised by Cambridge Ward councillors Pat Keith and Sue McGuire, providing a forum for people to meet, share supper and discuss a range of political issues.
There was standing room only when Amnesty International guest speaker Brian Plant prompted a deep and meaningful debate on human rights.
“We tend to take our human rights for granted or think it is something that affects only other countries.” said Councillor Keith: “I’m particularly appalled at incidences of female mutilation which, according to recent estimates, has affected 66,000 women and girls in England and Wales, while 24,000 girls under the age of 11 are at risk.
“Although the practice has been outlawed in Britain since 1985 it is still carried out.”
Her colleague Sue McGuire said: “People are often worried about condemning the practice for fear of being disrespectful to people’s cultures but we need to recognise that it is child abuse and a violation of women’s and girls’ human rights.
“Both Pat and I recognise the subject can be sensitive but we firmly believe it is crucial to be informed and to campaign against this tradition rather than to remain ignorant of the suffering that’s taking place.”