Last month myself and more than 70 other MPs wrote to the Justice Secretary David Gauke to ask when the government would introduce tougher sentences for causing death by dangerous driving (see https://www.facebook.com/LizMcInnesMP/posts/2072010583053113).
Tougher sentences were promised by the government last October, but nine months later families of victims and road safety campaigners are still waiting.
I'm sorry to say that we've received a disappointing response to our letter from Justice Minister Rory Stewart (copy attached).
I hoped that a letter signed by more than 70 MPs from various parties might prompt a different and more positive response, but I’m sorry to read the same tired lines that they will introduce the changes 'as soon as parliamentary time allows'.
That's nothing more than an excuse.
Just this week the government proposed starting the summer recess early and cancelling next week’s business. If whatever is on the parliamentary agenda next week is so unimportant that it can be scrapped, then why not use that time instead to introduce this important legislation which was promised nine months ago?
Since last October other families have sadly joined the many already suffering the double injustice of losing a loved one and having their killer receive a derisory sentence. For example, earlier this year the killer of 6 and 2 year old Corey and Casper Platt-May in Coventry was sentenced to just nine years in prison. If the government had acted more quickly the killer could be serving a more fitting sentence.
How many more families must be made to suffer in this way before the government take action?
The government's response in full:
Last month myself and more than 70 other MPs wrote to the Justice Secretary David Gauke to ask when the government would introduce tougher sentences for causing death by dangerous...