AN EMOTIONAL debate in Parliament has left two grieving women full of hope they can get justice for the death of their fiancés in a devastating smash in Purley.
Tracey Fidler and Hayley Lindsay launched a petition calling for tougher sentencing powers for dangerous drivers after Alexander Walter, of Beech Road in Purley, was jailed for 10 years and three months for causing the deaths of their fiancés Kris Jarvis and John Morland.
The two mums visited the Houses of Parliament on Tuesday last week to attend a debate sparked by Reading West MP Alok Sharma where eight other backbench MPs discussed similar cases in their constituencies and lent their support to the women’s cause.
Mum-of-five Tracey said it was great to hear so many people support their campaign for a change in the law so that judges jailing dangerous drivers can impose a jail term per victim — not just the 14-year maximum — regardless of how many victims were killed.
Speaking after the emotional debate the 39-year-old from west Reading added: “Every single one of them was on our side — they want to change the law. It is really nice to know there are other people who believe in what we believe in.
“When they began the debate I started crying, it all came back to me. It was very emotional but it was quite nice at the same time because it seems we are going to get justice.”
Tracey and mother-of-two Hayley, 27 from Tilehurst, are now preparing for a meeting with the same backbench MPs next month followed by a meeting with Policing, Criminal Justice and Victims Minister Mike Penning.
Their petition has now reached more than 26,000 signatures — a quarter of the way towards the 100,000 needed to spark a debate in the Commons.
Last week Oxford Road Neighbourhood Action Group (NAG) chairwoman Teresa Colliass — who helped draw up the petition —received a response from the Government offering its condolences to the grieving families.
It added: “Sentencing in individual cases is always a matter for the courts, which are independent from Government.
“This is why a review of driving offences and penalties has been announced to ensure that the options available to the courts are proportionate and reflect the seriousness of the offences committed.”
To sign, visit http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/67911