The family of Private Cheryl James who died at Deepcut Barracks almost 20 years ago have been given permission to apply for a fresh inquest.
The 18 year old was found with gunshots wounds in November 1995. The initial inquest into her death recorded an open verdict. Now, her parents hope they may finally get answers about their daughter's death. Ian Lang reports.
The family of Cheryl James say they are relieved at the Attorney General's decision to allow them permission to apply for a fresh inquest into the death of their daughter.
Pte James was one of four soldiers who died at Deepcut barracks in Surrey between 1995 and 2002.
We're relieved and delighted by the Attorney General's decision.
It's truly an emotional day - it's been a long and painful process, with so many hurdles, but we never considered giving up.
Cheryl had her whole life in front of her; when our young people lose their lives serving their country, not only do they deserve a full and independent investigation into their deaths, it must be their absolute right.
We may now finally achieve a meaningful inquiry into her death and we hope it brings about real change for future recruits.
Private James' parents, backed by Human Rights campaign group Liberty, called for a fresh inquest into her death, lodging an application with the Attorney General for consent to apply to the High Court for one.
Today a spokesman for Dominic Grieve said he had granted his consent.
The spokesman said:
The application was made to the Attorney General on the basis that the original inquest made insufficient enquiry into the circumstances of her death and because new evidence is now available that was not put before the inquest in December 1995.
The Attorney General granted his consent because he concluded that it was in the interests of justice for the application for a new inquest to go forward and to be heard by the High Court.