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My Lords, I would like to add to the comments made. When I was a practising lawyer, I represented social workers in two child abuse inquiries and the two little girls, Kimberley Carlile and Jasmine Beckford, still have a place in my heart. They were brave little four year-olds who were murdered by their stepfather. In this case I think it was the stepmother who was the protagonist. At the...
Is the Minister saying therefore that it will be a mandatory sentence unless there are exceptions?
It is awfully important in these kinds of cases that we are very clear and precise in our language. There is a difference between minimum and mandatory. I think what the Minister is actually saying is that this is a mandatory sentence unless there is an exception.
Entered the House of Lords on 15 June 2006
Positions held at time of appointment: Deputy Chair, Design Museum (from Number 10 press release)
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