Alok Sharma, the Member of Parliament for Reading West, today joined Tracey Fidler and Hayley Lindsay, the fiancées of Kris Jarvis and John Morland, together with family members Emma Fidler and Amy Parks, for a meeting with Prime Minister David Cameron.
John Morland and Kris Jarvis died on 13 February 2014, when drink-driver Alexander Walter drove into the pair who were on a bicycle ride in Purley in Berkshire. The driver, who was almost two-and-a-half times the legal alcohol blood limit and had taken cocaine in the previous 24 hours, lost control of the car travelling at 70mph in a 30mph zone while he was being pursued by the Police. He had previous convictions for 67 offences and was still on a four-year driving ban. Walter was jailed for just 10 years and 3 months.
Tracey and Hayley have launched a petition calling on the Government to introduce consecutive sentencing for each person killed by a dangerous driver, which now has more than 80,000 signatures.
The Prime Minister started the meeting by expressing his sympathies to the family members and thanked them for their courage in pursuing their campaign. Tracey and Hayley explained to the Prime Minister why they felt the law needed to be changed for the benefit of other families who may be affected in the future.
Alok explained that he had led a debate on the issue in the House of Commons and that there had been cross-party support for a change in the law.
The Prime Minister outlined three areas he believed were important to consider in the ongoing review of all driving related offences and penalties being carried by the Ministry of Justice to help victims feel they were getting justice, including:
The Prime Minister promised to write to the Justice Secretary to ask him to consider these options as part of the review.
Alok Sharma said: “I would like to thank the Prime Minister for agreeing to meet Tracey and Hayley and for taking such an interest in this case. I have a huge amount of respect for Tracey and Hayley, who are pursuing this campaign not for their own benefit, but to help provide justice for the families who may be similarly affected in the future.”
Alok continued: “As the petition for a change in the law soared past 80,000 signatures this morning I think it is pretty clear that Tracey and Hayley are by no means alone in believing that the current penalties are not sufficient for those convicted of causing multiple deaths through their own reckless behaviour. I will continue to work with Tracey and Hayley and other colleagues in the House of Commons to push for a change in the law.”
Tracey Fidler said: “It was nice that the Prime Minister seemed to understand where we are coming from and we really got the impression that he believed in us and what we want to achieve. It was some comfort that the Prime Minister believed that we did not get justice.”
Hayley Lindsay said: “I think everyone in the meeting agreed that something needed to be done. We feel strongly about the three options that the Prime Minister suggested should be considered. Thank you to Alok for organising this meeting and to all the people that have supported us so far, we are incredibly grateful and just hope that something positive will come out of all of this.”
Photos Alok Sharma with Emma Fidler, Tracey Fidler, Hayley Lindsay and Amy Parks
Alok, Tracey Fidler, Emma Fidler, Hayley Lindsay and Amy Parks meet Prime Minister David Cameron