Rosie Duffield speaks in the House of Commons during a debate on the Domestic Abuse Bill [Public domain/Parliament TV]

A British MP has received a standing ovation after giving a moving speech about a previous relationship as Parliament debated new legislation to tackle domestic abuse.

The Domestic Abuse Bill was among those brought to a halt when Prime Minister Boris Johnson decided last month to suspend Parliament – but with the legislature reconvening following the United Kingdom Supreme Court ruling against Johnson, the bill is again open for debate and MPs are working to amend its proposals.

The number of domestic violence killings in the UK has hit a five-year high, according to figures released last month.

“So what is domestic violence or abuse

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