Under the headline “BBC rapped by UKIP MEP for not reporting British Female genital mutilation statistics”, UKIP’s website tells “The BBC has been criticised by UKIP's Louise Bours MEP for its lack of coverage of female genital mutilation cases (FGM) in the UK. Today, Saturday, February 6 marks International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM and campaigners claim some 5,484 instances of the barbaric practice were reported in England alone between October 2014 and September last year”.
Well, no it hasn’t: last July their website reported extensively on a study, part-funded by the Home Office, that concluded “Victims of female genital mutilation are likely to be living in every area of England and Wales”. In September the same site reported that “There were more than 1,000 newly recorded cases of female genital mutilation (FGM) in England between April and June, NHS data reveals”. And it gets worse for UKIP.