Local MP Stuart Andrew (MP for Pudsey, Horsforth & Aireborough) has backed a manifesto, launched in Parliament this week, on delivering proper justice for victims of criminal driving and their families.
This follows a roundtable event organised and chaired by Greg Mulholland MP in Parliament on 1st December which brought together a cross-party range of MPs and peers, who also brought along local families affected by criminal driving.
The manifesto was written by Mulholland’s office based on evidence from the families, working closely with Brake. It sets out a number of changes being called for, from tougher punishments for dangerous drivers, better support for victims, improved investigations of collisions, and many other measures.
The manifesto has been sent to Home Secretary Theresa May, Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin and Justice Secretary Chris Grayling. Put together with cross-party support, it has also been sent to all MPs.
Leader of the House and former Foreign Secretary William Hague yesterday became the first minister to give his support, calling it “a welcome campaign and manifesto”.
Commenting, Stuart Andrew MP said:
“I am pleased to give my backing to the manifesto- we have seen locally in Pudsey, Horsforth and Aireborough where residents have been killed or injured and families do not feel they have received justice. I hope ministers will properly look at this manifesto, listen to families, campaigners and make the changes they have called for.”
Greg Mulholland MP added:
“Sadly we still see many incidents of criminal driving, which can result in the most tragic consequences. I greatly welcome Stuart Andrew MP’s support in calling for the changes set out in the manifesto.
“It has been put together with cross-party support and by many organisations and families. The families in particular deserve a huge thanks for their courage in contributing their views and experiences- this is what has allowed the manifesto to be put together. It has been sent to ministers, and we will all now be campaigning for key reforms to give families across the country the justice they deserve.”
Ed Morrow, campaigns officer for Brake, the road safety charity, added:
“We are proud to support the launch of this manifesto, which echoes many of the calls of Brake’s crackdown campaign. We are delighted to have Stuart Andrew MP on board, whose support will be key to achieving the reforms we are calling for.
“Through the support Brake offers to bereaved and injured road crash victims, we see every day the devastating impact these crimes have, and the way many are left feeling betrayed by the failings of the justice system. We are hopeful that this manifesto will help provide the impetus for meaningful and long-lasting change, moving us towards a justice system, and a society, that takes road crimes seriously and helps prevent more tragedies in the future.”