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  • Minister meets with dangerous driving victims Hayley and Tracey | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    disqualified from driving was driving 70mph in a 30mph zone whilst being pursued by police was two and a half times over the alcohol limit and had taken cocaine in the previous 24 hours The meeting was organised by Alok to provide an opportunity for Tracey and Hayley to present their campaign for tougher sentences for dangerous driver killers to the responsible minister ahead of the publication of a full review of all driving related offences and sentences being carried out by the Ministry of Justice Tracey and Hayley started an e petition earlier this year which calls for drivers to receive a maximum sentence of 14 years per person who has been killed with each sentence to run consecutively and not concurrently This has now received more than 28 000 signatures and can be viewed online by clicking here During the meeting Mike Penning said the Government was pushing ahead with plans to change the law to make sure that driving bans imposed at the same time as a prison sentence will be extended so that they continue to apply once the offender has been released This change is due to come into effect next year Mike Penning highlighted the importance of debate and consultation in this area and agreed to ensure that the views expressed by Tracey and Hayley were fed into the Review of driving offences and penalties Hayley Lindsay said It was a pleasure to meet with the Minister Mike Penning as we feel that tougher sentences need to be revised and put in place Families like ourselves and future families need to feel that there getting the justice they deserve after losing a loved one Alok Sharma said I am really grateful to Mike Penning for taking such a close interest in Hayley and Tracey

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  • Minister commits to holding public consultation at emotional debate on dangerous driving | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    on the Government to review sentences for those convicted of causing death by dangerous driving so that the law puts victims and the families of victims ahead of criminals Speaking during the debate Alok Sharma said John and Kris were family men and as a result of the accident seven children lost their father parents lost their sons brothers and sisters lost their siblings and the fiancées of John and Kris who are present and are listening to the debate Hayley Lindsay and Tracey Fidler lost the love of their lives the reality is that those families started a life sentence on 13 February By contrast Walters got 10 years and three months for killing two innocent men Hayley Lindsay and Tracey Fidler have launched an e petition which calls for drivers to receive a maximum sentence of 14 years per person who has been killed with each sentence to run consecutively and not concurrently The e petition has already been signed by 25 000 people and can be viewed here There were contributions from eight other backbench MPs from all three of the main political parties to the debate which is unusually high for a half hour debate Alok pointed out during the debate that this demonstrated the strength of feeling across the House on the issue Speaking in response to the debate Minister of State for Policing Criminal Justice and Victims the Right Honourable Mike Penning MP confirmed that the Government will hold an extensive public consultation on the issue of sentencing The Minister also confirmed that the Government will consider whether current penalties adequately reflect the nature of driving related offences Mr Penning said I will not pre empt the review but I agree that we need to look carefully at whether the punishment fits the crime

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  • Alok Sharma calls for tougher sentencing for dangerous driving | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    law Despite all the problems that they face as a result of the loss of their fiancés they have had the courage to put forward an e petition which was prepared with the help of a fantastic local campaigner in my constituency Teresa Colliass and is now on the Government website The petition calls for drivers to receive a maximum sentence of 14 years per person who has been killed Chris Skidmore Kingswood Con I thank my hon Friend for securing the debate Tragically there was a similar case in my constituency last year when Ross and Clare Simons riding a tandem bike were mown down by a dangerous driver who was disqualified and had many previous convictions Ross and Clare s families and the campaign Justice for Ross and Clare today back Tracey Hayley and their families in a common cause 14 years should be 14 years per person killed We should not have concurrency sentences being served together My offer is that we and those families work together to get the law changed urgently Alok Sharma My hon Friend is absolutely right families want to make sure that we have not concurrent but consecutive sentences If Walter had been given 14 years for each death he would now be facing 28 years behind bars rather than being out in what will probably be a lot less than 10 years Susan Elan Jones Clwyd South Lab I congratulate the hon Gentleman on securing this debate We all agree on the importance of the review of sentences for driving offences I am sure that like everyone else here he would be grateful for clarity from the Minister on when that review will happen Alok Sharma I am sure the Minister will address that point in detail I put on the record my thanks to the Reading Post and The Reading Chronicle for publicising the case and the petition I also thank The Sun which has done so nationally and many others for helping to publicise the petition So far 25 000 people have signed Both I and the families want to see a lot more signatures I do not believe that 10 years was a long enough sentence for what Walter did The families affected do not believe that and so far 25 000 people across our land do not either We have heard today that Members of Parliament representing many many people across our country do not believe that that was right I would like us all to sign the petition which should influence the review and to bring about a change in the law There are a number of specific things I want to hear from the Minister I understand that he cannot predetermine the review But does he understand the strength of feeling there is in the country about this issue and that Members of Parliament members of the public and families who are affected by such tragedies want to put victims first Does he have sympathy for the petition s aims The hon Member for Clwyd South Susan Elan Jones talked about the ongoing review on all driving offences How can members of the public influence the review Will there be a public consultation I want justice for John and Kris as do their families Hon Members want justice for the families of constituents who have been affected by this crime When it comes to dangerous driving the punishment must fit the crime It is high time we had a change in the law 5 2 pm The Minister for Policing Criminal Justice and Victims Mike Penning It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship Mr Caton I congratulate my hon Friend the Member for Reading West Alok Sharma on securing this debate which I welcome My thoughts and prayers are with his constituents families and all those who have been mentioned today The hon Member for Poplar and Limehouse Jim Fitzpatrick a former Road Safety Minister is in his place to listen to the debate I pay tribute to him and will refer back to the work done on this issue over the years not least the work that he and I both did in our former occupation Far be it from me to nudge my colleagues into going before any Committee but given the absolutely understandable strength of feeling here today the petition may well get 100 000 signatures and no doubt should It should go before the Backbench Business Committee as we need a much longer debate on the matter I do not mind whether I respond to that debate or the Road Safety Minister does but the House should hear more about the effects on Members constituents including my own Ministers should never forget that we are still MPs and I know my constituents will support many of the comments made today Nothing I say today will bring back Kris and John As an ex fireman ex paramedic and ex Road Minister I have lots of ex careers one of the most poignant jobs I have ever had was going to what used to be called inappropriately road traffic accidents and are now quite rightly called road traffic collisions I pay tribute to all our blue light responders our police ambulance and fire crews and representatives of local authorities who are now often there They do a fantastic job for us every day Going to an incident is enormously difficult as responders can see what has been done to an individual or individuals by someone who should never have been driving the car in the first place because they were disqualified as in this case who should not have been behind the wheel because they were drunk and who had no regard for another person s life Far be it from any parliamentarian including me to tell a judge what they should do in their court we do not have that system in this country thank goodness but it is absolutely

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  • Sharma secures Parliamentary debate on Dangerous Driving | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    Bus Route Number 33 Bus Route Survey Save the Bath Road Reservoir Campaign Southcote rat infestation The Reading Futures Fair Underwood Road Precinct Development Visitor Parking Permits Letters Gallery Contact Links Sharma secures Parliamentary debate on Dangerous Driving 31st October 2014 Alok Sharma the Member of Parliament for Reading West has secured a Parliamentary debate on sentencing for dangerous driving offences to take place on Tuesday 4th November 2014 Alok will use the debate to raise awareness about the tragic case involving two of his constituents Kris Jarvis and John Morland who were killed by a reckless driver as they cycled through Purley earlier this year At the time of the incident Alexander Walter was driving without insurance at 70mph in a 30mph zone whilst already disqualified from driving was nearly two and a half times over the alcohol limit and was being pursued by Police The driver had also taken cocaine less than 24 hours prior to the accident and had 67 previous criminal convictions Tracey Fidler and Hayley Lindsay the fiancées of Kris Jarvis and John Morland have launched an online petition which calls for the Government to change the law so that in the case of multiple deaths judges can impose a jail term per victim not just the 14 year maximum The petition already has more than 24 000 signatures Visit http epetitions direct gov uk petitions 67911 to sign the petition The Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has already committed to a review of all driving related offences and penalties which is expected to conclude early next year Alok Sharma said I do not believe that the ten year sentence received by Mr Walter was a sufficient punishment for the devastation he caused and I look forward to raising this case in Parliament to try to

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  • Justice for John Morland and Kris Jarvis: In the Press | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    Circuit Lane Surgery Securing infrastructure fit for the 21st Century Sewage problems in Theale Supporting Heathrow Airport Tackling overcrowding on trains Tackling potholes in Reading West Past Campaigns Exporting for Growth Seminar Battle Health Petition Boosting primary school places in Reading Delivery of Purley Bund Flood alleviation for Keswick Close and Ogmore Close Flood alleviation for Kingsley Close in Whitley NatWest Branch Closure in Pangbourne No to Pincents Hill Development Number 33 Bus Route Number 33 Bus Route Survey Save the Bath Road Reservoir Campaign Southcote rat infestation The Reading Futures Fair Underwood Road Precinct Development Visitor Parking Permits Letters Gallery Contact Links Justice for John Morland and Kris Jarvis In the Press Parliament debate gives hope to fiancees of Purley cyclists Fiancées of two cyclists killed by drink driver continue their campaign for change in sentencing law Parliament to debate sentencing for dangerous driving Purley cyclists deaths lead to parliamentary debate on sentencing for dangerous driving Memorial tree planted for two cyclists killed by drink driver I m glad he didn t get what he wanted says grieving fiancée after killer s appeal dismissed Tour de Purley riders tribute to cyclists killed on village roads Printer friendly version Sign

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  • Wren School | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    No to Pincents Hill Development Number 33 Bus Route Number 33 Bus Route Survey Save the Bath Road Reservoir Campaign Southcote rat infestation The Reading Futures Fair Underwood Road Precinct Development Visitor Parking Permits Letters Gallery Contact Links Wren School 14th January 2016 Alok Sharma the Member of Parliament for Reading West has expressed his elation that The Wren School has now received outline planning permission to stay on the former Elvian School site The Wren School a new secondary Free School in west Reading which opened its doors for the first time in September can now make the former Elvian School site its permanent home Reading Borough Council approved outline planning permission yesterday evening concluding a land swap deal first proposed by Alok back in 2013 involving the Department for Education the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs The Wren School and developers Alok Sharma who is Patron of The Wren School said I am absolutely delighted that The Wren School has now received planning permission The land swap deal involving the Department for Education the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs The Wren School and developers which I first proposed back in 2013 has taken a huge amount of incredibly hard work from everyone to achieve My particular admiration and thanks go to the Wren Team who have worked so hard and with such conviction to achieve this successful outcome Huge thanks also to Schools Minister Lord Nash a brilliant Minister with huge commercial experience who had the imagination to let us pursue what at times looked like a very difficult project to bring to fruition Alok continued It is extremely fitting that a site which was for many years home to a school will now revert to its original use and I wish The Wren

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  • Sharma applauds common sense judgement on Elvian School site | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    Parking Permits Letters Gallery Contact Links Sharma applauds common sense judgement on Elvian School site 30th June 2014 Alok Sharma the Member of Parliament for Reading West has applauded the decision by a High Court judge to throw out developer Taylor Wimpey s appeal against the Planning Inspectorate s recommendation that the former Elvian School Presentation College site on the Bath Road should be home to a school as well as houses The decision means that the site remains open for possible use by the West Reading Education Network WREN who are seeking to open a new secondary school in September 2015 Alok who has been supporting the WREN group since the start of their application to open a new Free School in west Reading will now continue to work with the parent led group to help secure the site for use by The Wren School In his final decision the judge Mr Justice Lewis said The inspector considered for rational reasons that it would be inappropriate at the present time to allow residential development on the whole site and that the appeal would have been dismissed on the sole ground that it was of poor quality design which did not constitute sustainable development and would detract from the character and appearance of the area Alok Sharma said This common sense decision has brought us a step closer to getting the Wren School on the right site and with WREN continuing good dialogue with the Department of Education I look forward to working further with the team to deliver a first rate Wren School for our local community Mischa Tytel WREN Director said Presentation College has been home to a school almost continually since 1931 and it s the perfect and only site for The Wren School Taylor Wimpey have

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  • Education Secretary praises parent group behind All Saints Junior and WREN | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    Southcote rat infestation The Reading Futures Fair Underwood Road Precinct Development Visitor Parking Permits Letters Gallery Contact Links Education Secretary praises parent group behind All Saints Junior and WREN 18th June 2014 Alok Sharma the Member of Parliament for Reading West on Monday backed West Reading Education Network s WREN bid to become a Single Academy Trust in Parliament Speaking in Parliament during the regular education departmental questions Alok Sharma said The West Reading Education Network parent group is seeking approval to open a Single Academy Trust secondary school next September The same parent group set up the outstanding All Saints Junior Free School Does the Secretary of State agree with me that this is exactly the type of excellent parent led initiative which everyone in this house should be backing it certainly enjoys cross party support in Reading Michael Gove the Secretary of State for Education said I absolutely do agree It is important to bear in mind that the All Saints School in Reading was outstanding in every category when it was inspected by Ofsted and I look forward to working with my honourable friend in order to ensure that the quality of education Reading parents enjoy continues to improve Following the Parliamentary session Alok Sharma said I am delighted that the Education Secretary recognises the achievements of All Saints Junior School which is backed by many of the same parents involved in the West Reading Education Network I look forward to continuing to work with WREN as they look to secure Single Academy Trust status as well as the preferred site for The WREN school Mischa Tytel Director of WREN said It s fantastic that Alok brought our campaign to the attention on the floor of the House of Commons of the Secretary of State for Education

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