The debate over pro-life prayer vigils has come to Parliament, with a committee hearing contrasting evidence from each side.

MPs on the home affairs select committee were investigating the vigils in the same week that a fourth council voted to ban them.

The hearing came after senior figures from all major parties expressed their concerns.

A petition, signed by 113 MPs including Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and Lib Dem leader Vince Cable, urged Home Secretary Amber Rudd to introduce “buffer zones” which would make the vigils impossible to perform.

The vigils usually consist of pro-lifers praying and sometimes offering help to the women entering clinics.

Ms Rudd said in response that “the right to peaceful protest does not extend to harassment or threatening behaviour” and that she was looking into the matter.

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