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  • Minister meets with dangerous driving victims Hayley and Tracey
    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 s campaign Given Mike s work experience before entering Parliament as a firefighter who had to attend road traffic incidents he absolutely gets where we are coming from While I would not expect the Minister to pre empt the ongoing review into sentencing he listened very closely to the argument for needing tougher sentences for those who kill through dangerous driving and had a lot of sympathy for Tracey and Hayley s case Justice Minister Mike Penning said Any death on our roads is a tragedy I have the utmost sympathy

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  • Minister commits to holding public consultation at emotional debate on dangerous driving
    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 We should look at the difference between driving a car and killing somebody when drunk or without insurance or a licence or any of those things we know people should have with the intent to do that and killing a person with intent in any other way That will be part of the review Following the debate Alok Sharma said For me this is the start of the campaign in Parliament for tougher sentences for dangerous driving The minister responding to the debate has committed to holding a public consultation

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  • Alok Sharma calls for tougher sentencing for dangerous driving
    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 right and proper that Parliament decides the punishment for a crime It is then for the judges to interpret that In this particular case the judge interpreted the law and decided that the sentence would be 10 years and three months The offender and his legal team appealed against that sentence but thank goodness we saw common sense For this offence it falls within the capabilities of the prosecuting team to appeal to the Attorney General against an unduly lenient sentence I do not know what the Attorney

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  • Sharma secures Parliamentary debate on Dangerous Driving
    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 influence the outcome of the review currently ongoing by the Ministry of Justice Alok continued Nothing will ever bring back John and Kris but I hope that we will be successful in securing a change in the law so that in future

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  • Justice for John Morland and Kris Jarvis: In the Press
    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 Alok Sharma MP Reading West The Reading West constituency embraces parts of two local unitary authorities Reading Borough and West Berkshire Reading

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  • Wren School
    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 School a hugely successful future based on the former Elvian School site Nils Franke Member of The Wren School Single Academy Trust said Linking the development of the Defra and Elvian sites was an inspired suggestion because it delivers Housing and Education

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  • Sharma applauds common sense judgement on Elvian School site
    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 a very different agenda to ours as they want to make money while we want to give our community the secondary school it desperately needs Taylor Wimpey have considerably delayed our efforts to build a school so we re extremely gratified that the Judge at the Appeal agreed with the Planning Inspector s decision that the land should be home to a school as well as houses It s been a long hard slog but the right decision was reached and we look forward to the next step towards getting our

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  • Education Secretary praises parent group behind All Saints Junior and WREN
    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 and we re particularly pleased about Mr Gove s commitment to working on the education issue with our MP Creating The Wren School on the Presentation College Elvian school site would be a big step in the right direction for the

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