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Dog Fighting

I’ve recieved a large number of emails regarding dog fighting. I was not only brought up with dogs but my grandparents were amateur dog breeders in Worksop. As such, I feel very stronlgy about this matter. Dog fighting¬†is a heinous crime that has been banned in this country for over 100 years. It is an…

James Bulger Inquiry

Thank you for contacting me about James Bulger. The murder of James Bulger was an appalling crime which shocked the nation, and my deepest sympathies remain with his parents for the pain and suffering they have endured. Because this case has been of such understandable concern, when the man formerly known as Jon Venables was…

Female Offender Strategy

We must do all we can to address the issues around female offending, so that more women are rehabilitated and the public is better protected. Considering how best to address the needs of female offenders, to improve outcomes for them, their families and their communities, is a complex issue that is important we get right.…

Free Speech & Mark Meechan

Thank you for contacting me about free speech. While I do not think it would be appropriate for me to comment on a particular individual case, freedom of speech, the rule of law, and equal rights define us as a society, and I am determined to promote those values actively. But what is illegal offline…

Assisted Suicide

Thank you for contacting me about assisted suicide. Coping with terminal illness is distressing and difficult both for the patient and their families. These cases are truly moving and evoke the highest degree of compassion and emotion. Assisting or encouraging suicide is a criminal offence under Section 2 of the Suicide Act 1961 for which…

Assaults on Emergency Workers

Thank you for contacting me about protecting emergency service workers. We owe emergency service workers a debt of gratitude for the courage, commitment and dedication they demonstrate in carrying out their duties, which is why the Government is supporting the Private Member’s Bill to protect emergency workers. The Bill would create a statutory aggravating factor.…

Civil Liability Bill

The number of whiplash claims has been too high for too long, and is symptomatic of a wider compensation culture. This is being put right through the Civil Liability Bill, which will ensure that whiplash claims are no longer an easy payday and that money can be put back in the pockets of millions of…

Legal Aid

Thank you for contacting me about legal aid. I am pleased that the Ministry of Justice continues to make provision of ¬£1.6 billion a year in legal aid. Maintaining access to justice remains absolutely vital and continues to be at the heart of reforms to the justice system. In October 2017, the post-implementation review of…

Probate Fees

Thank you for contacting me about probate fees. I understand your concerns over the change to fees for a grant of probate. Dealing with the aftermath of the death of a loved one is a difficult process and I have always believed it should be made as fair as possible. It is also the case…