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Selby MP backs Peter Lawrence's campaign for more rights for families of missing people

Nigel Adams MP pledged to back the Missing People campaign this week, after meeting with Peter Lawrence, the father of missing York University chef Claudia Lawrence.

He's been fighting for more rights to allow him to deal with Claudia's financial affairs, which under current legislation he cannot.

Knowing Peter personally I have seen firsthand the difficulties that families face when a loved one goes missing. I look forward to the second reading of the Presumption of Death Bill in November and will support the Missing Rights campaign until those who have experienced a loved one going missing can have their headache put to rest.

– Nigel Adams MP, Selby and Ainsty

The charity Missing People has campaigned for years to secure support for families and allow them more legal rights to deal with financial and other issues in the missing person's name. The charity is also campaigning for more emotional support to be provided.

“We are deeply heartened by the cross-party support that is being expressed by MPs and Peers in their support of the Missing Rights campaign which seeks to ease the heartache experienced by the families of missing people."

– Nicola Sharp, Missing People’s Director of Policy and Advocacy

MPs have this week also attended a roundtable discussion in the House of Commons which looked at John Glen MP’s Private Members’ Bill on Presumption of Death. This is due for second reading on 2nd November.