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SNP MP fears deselection after opposing legislation

By Maya Oppenheim

An MP for the Scottish National Party fears she will be deselected by the party after voting against the legalisation of abortion in Northern Ireland.

Lisa Cameron, who represents East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow, said her office had received more than 900 messages, including "abuse" and "cyberbullying" after her position provoked an angry reaction.

She said she had raised the abuse she received with Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, but had not yet received any response from the SNP leader.

While the abortion amendment was a free vote, for individuals to decide how to vote in line with their own conscience, Ms Sturgeon earlier made clear that if she was in Westminster she would vote in favour of "women's right to choose".

Dr Cameron, a consultant clinical psychologist whose anti-abortion stance is partly linked to having suffered two miscarriages, now fears she will be stopped from standing again for the seat, which she first won in 2015.

She said: "I didn't rebel or vote against the party whip. And yet now it's virtually certain that abusive party activists will make sure I'm deselected and lose the job I love."

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