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Congressman Will HurdImage copyrightGetty Images
Image caption Mr Hurd won criticism from cyber-security professionals over his voting record on women's rights

A US politician has been removed from the list of speakers at the Black Hat hacker conference following protests over his views and voting record.

Republican Will Hurd was due to be a keynote speaker at the high-profile conference in Las Vegas in August.

His inclusion prompted protests and threats of a boycott from some ethical hackers due to attend the conference.

The protests centred around his anti-abortion stance and his wider voting record.

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In a statement, Black Hat said it chosen the congressman as a speaker because of his "strong background in computer science and information security".