MP: Give females equal right of succession

A COLCHESTER MP has backed calls to give females an equal right of succession to the British throne.

Bob Russell has sponsored a House of Commons bill calling on the current practice of giving males precedence, regardless of age, to be scrapped.

The move comes as the country gears up for the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton, at Westminster Abbey, on April 29.

Mr Russell said: “With the forthcoming marriage of Prince William – who is second in line to the throne after his father, the Prince of Wales – the line of succession at the moment is clear and will not be affected by what is proposed by the bill.

“However, should Prince William and Kate Middleton have children, and their first child is a girl, then this bill would ensure that in due course she would take precedence, even if they later had a son.

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“Britain has been well served over the centuries by three excellent queens – the first Elizabeth, Victoria and our current queen, who next year celebrates 60 years on the throne.”

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