Responding to the conviction of Abid Naseer in New York for a terrorist plot to bomb sites in Greater Manchester, Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd said:
"The work by police and security services in this case has been tremendous. This investigation ensured that potentially hundreds of people were not killed on the streets of Greater Manchester. I have no doubt that lives were saved.
"However there are real questions that need to be answered about why Abid Naseer had to be tried in a court in New York rather than here in Britain. His conviction shows there was a strong and compelling case that he is a dangerous terrorist, which is why he is likely to rightly serve a long sentence.
"But we should not have had to wait for the Americans to step in to extradite Abid Naseer. The public will want to know why he wasn't brought to trial here.
"The reality is that, had the Americans not acted, a dangerous man who was intent on causing death and destruction here in Greater Manchester could potentially still be walking our streets. This is deeply worrying and I will be raising this issue with the Home Secretary because we need real assurances that whatever went wrong here is never repeated."
Thousands of children will get to meet some of their favourite authors at a special event to mark World Book day. 98 schools across the North West are taking part and will get to chat to authors at Preston North End. Frank Cottrell Boyce, famous for scriptwriting as well as children'sbooks will be in attendance. Also Cressida Cowell, who's books How to Train a Dragon have been made into two successful Hollywood movies.
A man extradited from the UK to the US has been convicted of plotting attacks in Manchester and other locations around the world.
Abid Naseer, 28, was found guilty by a New York jury of providing material support to al-Qaeda and conspiracy to use a destructive device. He faces up to life imprisonment at sentencing. Rob Smith reports:
Barrow and Furness MP John Woodcock has pressed the prime minister to implement in full the recommendations of the Kirkup report into the tragic deaths of babies and mothers at Furness General Hospital.
Speaking at prime minister’s questions following Tuesday’s publication of the report, John asked David Cameron to honour the struggle of the families who lost loved ones as a result of failures at the maternity unit, by ensuring that all of Dr Kirkup’s recommendations for the wider NHS were adopted as quickly as possible.
Responding, the prime minister expressed his sympathies for the families.
I’m grateful to the prime minister for his words of sympathy for the families that have experienced such tragedy and fought so long to discover the truth.
But we need to keep pressing all sides to implementing Dr Kirkup’s recommendations within a rapid timescale. The report makes a wide range of sensible and achievable recommendations that could prevent this tragedy re-occuring elsewhere.
University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust has apologised unreservedly to the families of those who suffered as a result of poor care in the maternity unit at Furness General Hospital between 2004 and 2013.
Pearse Butler, the chair of the Trust Board said, “This Trust made some very serious mistakes in the way it cared for mothers and their babies. More than that, the same mistakes were repeated. And after making those mistakes, there was a lack of openness from the Trust in acknowledging to families what had happened.
This report vindicates these families.
“For these reasons, on behalf of the Trust, I apologise unreservedly to the families concerned. I’m deeply sorry that so many people have suffered as a result of these mistakes. As the Chair of the Trust Board, it’s my duty to ensure that lessons are learned and that we do everything we possibly can to make sure nothing like this happens again.”
The Trust welcomes the publication of the Morecambe Bay Investigation report, accepts and acknowledges the criticisms and accepts its recommendations without reservation.
Towards the end of the period covered by this report - as a consequence of the problems in maternity and neonatal services - the whole Trust board changed and the Secretary of State for Health commissioned the Morecambe Bay Investigation.
The new board recognised the need for improvement in our maternity and neonatal services and the Trust has now made a number of service improvements including the following:
- We’ve made a significant investment in staffing with over 50 additional midwives and doctors.
- We’ve improved culture and team working at the Trust introducing, for
- example, multi-disciplinary ward rounds that take place four times a day on our maternity units.
- And we’ve improved patient safety by ensuring best practice and learning are shared consistently across all of our hospitals.
The Morecambe Bay Investigation report notes that concerns over clinical practice were confined to Furness General Hospital and concludes that significant progress is being made at this maternity unit.
Jackie Daniel, the Trust chief executive, said: “We welcome these comments but we must not be complacent. We will address all the recommendations in this report to ensure that we further improve the services we offer to women and families, across our hospitals.”
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The Kirkup report found 11 babies and one mother died following "a lethal mix" of failures in a "seriously dysfunctional" maternity unit at Furness General Hospital.
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