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Derry Girls don't just show up for their friends on-screen; the cast have now joined the protest outside Westminster to try and change Northern Ireland's archaic abortion laws.

Nicola Coughlan and Siobhan McSweeney have long been outspoken for their desire to reform the state's justice system when it comes to reproductive rights, and they're women of their word.

In 2018, Lisa McGee's Channel 4 comedy Derry Girls attracted well-earned praise for it's hilarious antics, and fast became the biggest show ever to emerge from Northern Ireland. They're back for season two, and some serving of rights while they're at it;

The show is gearing up for it's return on March 5, and now that the cast have gained a high profile, they intend to use their platform for human rights issues.

Two of the shows leading actors are now in Westminster to march hand-in-hand with Amnesty International, delivering a petition asking for the Northern Irish Secretary of State to change the abortion laws.

Karen Bradley is under the spotlight today, as hundreds gather to support the protest. Polls consistently show that the residents of the province want reform, but politicians up North have refrained from speaking out.

The protest shows women marching across Westminster bridge with 28 suitcases; one for each of the women who still have to fly from the North to Great Britain every week to access abortion in the NHS system.

Protesters have delivered a petition with 62,000 signatories, and are on the Prime Minister and Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley to bring abortion rights to Northern Ireland.

Unless there is a serious risk to a woman's life or health, abortion is illegal in Northern Ireland. Unlike other parts of the Britain, the 1967 Abortion Act does not extend to the North.

Feature image: Instagram/@nicolacoughlan

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In the wake of the Westminster attack, which left four dead, the wife of the attacker Khalid Masood has spoken out in a statement. 

Rohey Hydara has said she is “saddened” by the shocking event, and does not support him or his actions. 

“I am saddened and shocked by what Khalid has done," she said, according to The Guardian.

"I totally condemn his actions."

"I express my condolences to the families of the victims that have died, and wish a speedy recovery to all the injured."

"I would like to request privacy for our family, especially the children, at this difficult time,” she finished. 

Khalid Masood killed three people after he drove his car onto a footpath.

The fourth was a police officer who he stabbed to death. 

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A major security alert is under way at the Houses of Parliament in London after gunfire was heard close to the Palace of Westminster.

The building is currently in lockdown, and there are unconfirmed reports pouring in that a man armed with a knife has been shot by a police officer.

Reuters reports that "a dozen people" have been injured on Westminster Bridge.

London’s Metropolitan Police confirmed they were responding to a “firearms incident” on Westminster Bridge.

There are suggestions that some people may have struck by a vehicle.

At least three gun shots were heard by onlookers.

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As we all know, there is no topic more interesting to discuss than British Prime Minister David Cameron and his promises about their NHS healthcare reforms… Hmmmm. We didn’t think so either.

And it seems that we weren’t the only ones. These two guys apparently knew exactly how dull this topic was when they decided to hijack Sky News’ airtime by performing a magic trick in the background.

Reporter Ashish Joshi was standing on the grass in front of Westminster when the stage illusionists, Young and Strange, decided that this was their opportune moment to get some real airtime and put on a show.

And the result is absolutely hilarious. 

 

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