Life Sentences: Public Understanding

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 5:22 pm on 30 April 2024.

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Photo of Kieran Mullan Kieran Mullan Conservative, Crewe and Nantwich 5:22, 30 April 2024

I recognise what the Minister says, but if he cannot express an opinion from the Government on whether the situation should change, that does leave a yawning gap. The cases that most upset the public can be when a parent kills their own child, and the circumstances are very often without premeditation. When the public have heard us wanting to deliver a promise on child murder and see these cases reported without the whole-life order being applied, does he think that will lead to further frustration, even if he thinks it is justified frustration?