Min­is­ter’s vow on Mar­tyn’s Law

Manchester Evening News - - NEWS - By ASH­LIE BLAKEY

THE gov­ern­ment is ‘100 per cent’ com­mit­ted to mak­ing ‘Mar­tyn’s Law’ a re­al­ity across the whole of the UK, a min­is­ter has said.

Mar­tyn Hett’s mother, Fi­gen Mur­ray, has fought tire­lessly along­side cam­paign­ers for tougher se­cu­rity checks in pub­lic venues af­ter the Manch­ester Arena ter­ror­ism atroc­ity in May, 2017.

Her son Mar­tyn, 29 – a much-loved PR man­ager from Stock­port – was one of the 22 peo­ple who died in the at­tack.

Ear­lier this week, Manch­ester coun­cil was the first to an­nounce ‘Mar­tyn’s Law’ would be en­shrined in fu­ture li­cens­ing reg­u­la­tions across the re­gion.

The coun­cil said it was de­vel­op­ing a ‘scheme of best prac­tice’ among li­censed venues, and ex­plor­ing ways to im­ple­ment Mar­tyn’s Law.

Now, in a break­through for Fi­gen and cam­paign­ers, Se­cu­rity Min­is­ter Bran­don Lewis has said the gov­ern­ment is ‘100 per cent’ com­mit­ted to mak­ing ‘Mar­tyn’s Law’ a re­al­ity across the UK.

This means that tougher ‘air­port­style’ se­cu­rity checks could be in­tro­duced at pub­lic venues.

Writ­ing in the Mail on Sun­day, Mr Lewis said: “We are work­ing quickly to come up with a so­lu­tion that will hon­our Mar­tyn’s mem­ory and all of those af­fected by ter­ror­ism.

“I am pleased that last week Manch­ester City Coun­cil an­nounced new li­cens­ing rules, but we are com­mit­ted to go­ing fur­ther and mak­ing Mar­tyn’s Law a re­al­ity for all pub­lic venues across the UK.”

No timetable has set by the Gov­ern­ment yet.

Mar­tyn’s Law – cham­pi­oned by the Manch­ester Evening News – has five re­quire­ments:

A re­quire­ment that spa­ces and places to which the pub­lic have ac­cess en­gage with freely avail­able counter-ter­ror­ism ad­vice and train­ing.

A re­quire­ment for those places to con­duct vul­ner­a­bil­ity as­sess­ments of their op­er­at­ing places and spa­ces.

To mit­i­gate the risks cre­ated by the vul­ner­a­bil­i­ties.

To have a counter-ter­ror­ism plan. A re­quire­ment for lo­cal au­thor­i­ties to plan for the threat of ter­ror­ism.

Coun­cil­lor Nigel Mur­phy, deputy town hall leader, said: “The tire­less work car­ried out by Fi­gen is a fit­ting trib­ute to not just the mem­ory of her son Mar­tyn, but to all of the other vic­tims of the Manch­ester terror at­tack.”

Ms Mur­ray said: “It feels like a recog­ni­tion and deep re­spect for the be­reaved fam­i­lies and the hun­dreds of in­jured peo­ple. I am cer­tain that Mar­tyn’s Law will save lives through the coun­cil ap­ply­ing sim­ple com­mon sense.”

Mar­tyn Hett

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