Responding to the reports of the first conviction of female genital mutilation in the UK, former Liberal Democrat Home Office Minister Lynne Featherstone said:
"We have waited a long time to see a conviction for female genital mutilation. The victim here was just three years old. There is no doubt that this is child abuse and this prosecution makes clear this practice is against the law.
I welcome this prosecution and hope to see other perpetrators of this vile crime brought to justice. Communities in the UK will now know that if they commit FGM they will be brought before the courts.
Prosecution is crucially important, but it is vital that the Government work to support those working in the communities to stamp out FGM, ensuring no future generations of girls suffer this crime."
Bolton & Undercliffe by-election candidate Rachel Sunderland said:
"The news of this first conviction in the UK is very welcome. It sends a message loud and clear that such child abuse is illegal and perpetrators will be prosecuted. We will continue our efforts in working with the community to protect our young girls and eradicate FGM."