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Pro-life campaigners have condemned the appointment of former PUP leader Dawn Purvis as one of Northern Ireland's new Equality Commissioners.

The ex-director of the Marie Stopes pregnancy advice service in Belfast is among nine new commission members appointed by Secretary of State Karen Bradley for the next three years.

Liam Gibson, of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC), described the selection of Ms Purvis as "very worrying".

"This appointment can only be seen in the light of the relentless drive to push an extreme abortion regime on the people of Northern Ireland," he said.

A commission spokesperson said: "The Secretary of State appointed all our new commissioners after an open recruitment process.

"We welcome the diversity of backgrounds, experiences and expertise each one of the new commissioners brings to our work on promoting equality of opportunity and challenging discrimination."

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