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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?

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The government's response in full:

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Government excuses for delay not good enough

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...

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Today is the 70th anniversary of the founding of the NHS, and we celebrate all the phenomenal staff who keep the NHS running day in, day out, and we thank them for their hard work.

On Saturday I was delighted to take part in the NHS march in London and it was great to meet so many people who all care passionately about our most treasured national institution.

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Yesterday in parliament I also had the pleasure of meeting Clair and Natalie from Pennine Acute’s Community Tissue Viability Services who have won the #NHS70 award for Person-Centred Care.

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It is the responsibility of each and every one of us who cares about the NHS to defend the principles on which it was created by a Labour government 70 years ago - publicly owned and democratically accountable universal healthcare, free at the point of use for everyone regardless of wealth or background.

Here's to another 70 years, and many more beyond that. #OurNHS70

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Happy birthday NHS!

Today is the 70th anniversary of the founding of the NHS, and we celebrate all the phenomenal staff who keep the NHS running day in, day out, and we thank them...

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I recently met in parliament with people living with multiple sclerosis (MS) to hear about the impact of the disability benefit, Personal Independence Payment (PIP).

It was shocking to hear about the devastating consequences PIP’s 20 metre rule is having on people with MS.

According to new research by the MS Society, the 20 metre rule is causing people with MS lose support at an alarming rate. The charity has calculated benefit cuts to people with MS are also costing the NHS at least an additional £7.7 million a year in GP and A&E services.

Under the previous benefit, Disability Living Allowance (DLA), people who couldn’t walk more than 50 metres were eligible for the higher rate of mobility support. But under PIP that measure has been reduced to 20 metres. 94% of people with MS who were receiving DLA were getting the higher rate of mobility support, but under PIP this has fallen to just 66%.

The 20 metre rule has been strongly opposed by charities, people with MS and medical professionals since it was first introduced, and the Government have never provided any sort of evidence for how it actually helps those who need support the most.

Enough is enough; PIP needs to change, starting with the Government scrapping the 20 metre rule.

The MS Society have produced a video which highlights the impact of the 20m rule. Watch it here - https://youtu.be/9zYUdja4DL8 -  and find out more at mssociety.org.uk/scrap20mrule

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Scrap the 20m PIP rule NOW

I recently met in parliament with people living with multiple sclerosis (MS) to hear about the impact of the disability benefit, Personal Independence Payment (PIP).

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