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MBE for mother of stabbed nurse Jane Clough

John and Penny Clough outside Preston Crown as Jonathan Vass who murdered their daughter while on bail for her rape was jailed for 30 years Photo:

The mother of a nurse stabbed to death in Blackpool by her ex-boyfriend whilst on bail will receive her MBE today for forcing changing the bail law.

Penny Clough, from Nelson campaigned for a change in the law after her daughter Jane was murdered in the car park of Blackpool Victoria Hospital in 2010.

The man who killed her, Johnathan Vass was out on bail at the time after being charged with raping her.

After Vass was jailed for a minimum of 30 years, Penny and her husband John set up the 'Justice For Jane Campaign' which prompted an amendment to the law. The change means prosecutors can now appeal against bail rulings.

Jane Clough

Mr and Mrs Clough said challenging Vass's bail would have saved Jane's life. Instead Vass was released and went on to stab jane 71 times.

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

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