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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 11:44 am on 20th November 2015.

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Photo of Philip Davies Philip Davies Conservative, Shipley 11:44 am, 20th November 2015

Vicky Thompson’s death is a tragedy. Leeds is my local prison, and a number of my constituents work there. I strongly endorse what was said by both my hon. Friend Mr Chope and the Minister about the work of prison officers. Can the Minister tell us what counselling they will receive as a result of having to deal with terrible incidents such as this, which are also tragedies for them?

I should inform the House, for the record, that Vicky Thompson was a constituent of my hon. Friend and parliamentary neighbour Kris Hopkins, and I have spoken to him about the case. I know that that he would like it to be made clear that if Vicky Thompson’s family need any assistance at this time, they should contact him, and he would be very happy to offer it.