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MP presses ministers over criminal driving legislation

MP presses ministers over criminal driving legislation

Published at 12:20pm 29th May 2016.

Otley's MP is demanding to know why the Queen's Speech didn't include measures to tackle criminal driving.

Greg Mulholland has long campaigned for justice for victims, following the deaths of three constituents in recent years.

16-year-old Jamie Still, from Otley, was killed in December 2010, and David and Dorothy Metcalf, 68 and 65 years old respectively, were killed in May 2012 - all by drink-drivers.

Following reports that ministers were due to announce plans to lengthen sentences for drivers who injure or kill, families and campaigners were expecting the Government to confirm such measures earlier this month.

However, nothing was announced, causing dismay among families, MPs and all others concerned.

A Ministry of Justice review into criminal driving penalties was launched in May 2014, but Mr Mulholland says there has been no substantive update from ministers.

He added: "Measures to toughen penalties for criminal drivers who injure or kill are long overdue. Families, campaigners and MPs were hoping that the Queen's Speech would be used to set out what action Government would finally be taking, but we were sadly disappointed to hear nothing in the end.

"Ministers must now clarify why they did not include anything in the Queen's Speech, and whether this means nothing will happen this year. They must also speed up the review that was launched over two years ago. We need a clear timetable for how this review will progress and we also need clear dates on when legislation will be introduced in Parliament. Ministers must do this as soon as possible."