Bury North MP James Frith has added his name to a cross-party Parliamentary Motion calling on the Government to automatically fund the legal representation of all victims of terrorist atrocities, including all coroner hearings and inquests.
The Early Day Motion currently has the support of 49 other MPs from across all parties represented in the House of Commons.
“This is personal for us here in Bury after we lost two of our own, John and Olivia, in the terror attack at the Manchester Arena two years ago. The inquest into the deaths of John, Olivia and the 20 other people killed in this attack should seek to place the families at the very heart of the process aided by proper legal representation. As it stands, however, families are expected to self-fund or represent themselves at the inquests.
“It would be impossible for unrepresented families to properly engage in the process, which includes examination of highly complex issues of significant public interest, including the role of the police and the Government in keeping the public safe. It is unreasonable to force grieving families to wade through what will be a substantial amount of highly distressing evidence.
“Public funds are used for the Government’s lawyers, the Coroner’s legal team and the legal teams for other public bodies. It is only fair and right that the families of those we lost are afforded the same support throughout the duration of the inquest.”