Yesterday (24 April 2018) I sponsored a cross-party Ten Minute Rule Bill which would strengthen the laws around unsolicited calls.

It is estimated that some 70 million nuisance calls are made every year; this is a growing problem. A Which? survey estimated that 39% of calls in September 2016 were nuisance and that the volume of nuisance calls for some was astonishing, with 10% of people receiving more than 60 a month – that works out at two calls per day, on average.

New BT figures claim that every household in the UK receives four nuisance calls a day; as this is across 23 million households in the UK, it would indicate a figure of 5 billion nuisance calls a year. Read more “Sponsoring Bill to stop cold calls”

Helen’s Law

Today, I supported Conor McGinn MPs Ten Minute Rule Bill. This Bill, which came under the formal title of Unlawful Killing (Recovery of Remain) Bill, is being introduced following the tragedy that befell Marie McCourt whose daughter, Helen, was murdered and the murderer has refused to tell the police where her remains are.

Marie’s daughter Helen was murdered at the age of just 22 by Ian Simms in February 1988, as she travelled home from work in the village of Billinge. In a landmark conviction, he was found guilty of murder based on overwhelming DNA evidence, even though Helen’s body was not found. For almost three decades, Marie has been tormented because he refuses to reveal what happened to her daughter’s body. Despite this brutal act of callousness and lack of remorse, he could soon be released from jail. Killers who inflict this kind of suffering on their victims’ families should not be released on parole. That goes to the heart of the Bill introduced today. Read more “Helen’s Law”