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Father of suicide girl urges PM to tackle online abuse

David Smith, pictured with his older daughter Jo, wants more action against online bullying. Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

The father of a teenager who killed herself after receiving online abuse has called on the Prime Minister to take action to end online bullying on websites such as ask.fm.

In an interview with the Daily Mirror, David Smith said: “If David Cameron was sat here now, I’d want to know why he hasn’t done something about this two years ago because modern technology has gone on, but laws are stuck the same."

Hannah Smith, 14, was found hanged on Friday in Lutterworth, Leicestershire after receiving abusive messages on the website ask.fm, which allows users to send messages to one another without disclosing their identity.

Read more: Cameron urges parents to 'boycott vile internet sites'

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Cameron urges parents to 'boycott vile internet sites'

The Prime Minister said parents needed to boycott "vile sites" after the father of a cyber-bullying victim called for more regulation of social networks on the internet.

Hannah Smith, 14, from Lutterworth, Leicestershire, was found hanged on Friday after being bullied on website ask.fm.

David Cameron said: "There's something all of us can do as well as parents and as users of the internet and that is not use some of these vile sites, boycott them, don't go there, don't join them.

"I'm very keen we look at all the action we can take to try and help stop future tragedies like this."

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Cameron: Suarez 'set the most appalling example'

David Cameron said his own intervention in Luis Suarez's 10 match ban for biting an opponent was merely that of a "concerned father" and added that the player's punishment was a matter for the Football Association.

Prime Minister David Cameron. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

The Prime Minister said earlier this week: "I think it would be very understandable if (the panel) took into account the fact that high-profile players are often role models."

The FA stated the standard three-match ban for violent conduct was "clearly insufficient" in Suarez's case when announcing he had been charged.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers claimed that that remarks from both Cameron and the FAhad affected the impartiality of the independent panel hearing his case.

Mr Cameron told BBC Radio Five Live this morning: "I made my own views clear just as a dad watching the game. I've got a seven-year-old son who just loves watching football and when players behave like this it just sets the most appalling example to young people in our country."

Pressed on whether a 10-match ban was appropriate for the offence, he added: "That's up to the FA, it's not my decision."

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David Cameron on HS2: This is going to happen

David Cameron was resolute when asked about Tory opposition to the HS2 project: "This is going to happen. I have been a strong supporter right from the start." The Prime Minister continued:

These are difficult economic times, but I think that is precisely the time you should be planning for the future, working out how we link up the cities of our country, how we reduce journey times, how we spread wealth and prosperity around the country.

We do need to rebalance the economy, it has been too dominated by the South and by certain industries and high speed rail will really help to create a better balanced economy.

– Prime Minister David Cameron
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