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Penny Clough given MBE in New Year Honours

Penny Clough has campaigned to get the bail laws changed Photo: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

A woman whose daughter was murdered has received an MBE in the New Year Honours after campaigning for a change in the law.

Penelope Clough, 53, has been recognised after successfully campaigning for a change to the law relating to bail.

Her daughter, Jane, was murdered in 2010 by her ex-partner, Jonathan Vass, after he was released on bail having been charged with rape and assault offences.

Mrs Clough, from Barrowford near Nelson, Lancashire, said it was "amazing" to get the MBE and that it gave credibility to the campaign but added that she was "hurt" that her husband, John, had not been recognised.

She said: "My first impression was 'Wow'. My second impression was shock that my husband hadn't got one. I feel quite gutted that he hasn't got one because we are a partnership and we have gone through all this together. We have fought every step of the way as Jane's parents.

"I felt quite hurt that I had been awarded one and he hadn't. It's not quite right. It should have been both of us."

Jane Clough, 26, was a nurse at the Blackpool Victoria Hospital and was stabbed to death by Vass in the hospital car park in July 2010 while he was on bail accused of raping her.

After he was jailed for a minimum of 30 years in October 2010, Mr and Mrs Clough set up the Justice For Jane Campaign.

Earlier this year, the Government moved to amend the law on bail to allow prosecutors to challenge judges' bail decisions in the Court of Appeal.

The amendment to the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill was dubbed "Jane's Law".

Mr and Mrs Clough were also outraged that the rape allegations against former bouncer Vass were allowed to lie on file by the trial judge.

Mrs Clough said she and her husband would continue fighting on other issues such as holding judges accountable for the decisions they make and getting domestic abuse risk assessments to be read in open court so judges and magistrates can make more informed decisions regarding offenders.

She said: "Judges are so protected. They hold us accountable for the decisions we make in life but they are not accountable themselves. It should be open and transparent."

Mrs Clough said her MBE and the change in the law provided a "legacy" for Jane.

She added: "Jane did not get the justice that she deserved. We knew her life was worth something and worth fighting for and she would have wanted us to carry on fighting."

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