PM misleads mother of Arena attack victim hours after meeting her

30 May 2024
Mayor Peter Taylor and Figen Murray

Figen Murray accused Prime Minister Rishi Sunak of misleading her after he agreed to implement the new counter-terrorism law before the summer, only to call an election hours later, effectively halting its progress.

Last week the Peter Taylor was one of two politicians to meet Figen Murray, mother of Manchester Arena bombing victim Martyn Hett, on a walk from Manchester to London to raise awareness for her campaign.

Figen is campaigning to make venues safer after the 2017 arena attack that tragically killed her son. She also met the Prime Minister too but after a conversation with him she was misled over the timeline of the bill coming to parliament. Whilst the Conservatives delay proceedings, Peter Taylor and the Liberal Democrats fully support Martyn’s law and wish it to get passed in Parliament.

Peter Taylor, Elected Mayor of Watford said:

"The Manchester Arena terror attack was an utterly heart-breaking event, particularly as it targeted children and young people enjoying themselves. Such a deliberate act of evil is beyond comprehension.

"Nationally the Liberal Democrats are supporting the introduction of Martyn’s Law to improve the protection of publicly accessible places from the threat of terrorism.

"Figen Murray’s dedication to this cause is inspiring, and her journey— both physical and emotional —deserves our utmost respect and support. It is deeply disappointing to hear that she feels misled by the Prime Minister. Her campaign is inspiring, which included a 200-mile walk to Downing Street. The government must honour its promise and ensure that Martyn’s Law becomes a reality."

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