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Operation Jasmine families made review possible - MP

Blaenau Gwent MP Nick Smith has campaigned on behalf of the families of those alleged to have suffered abuse and neglect. He's welcomed the announcement of an independent review.

When I met the families affected by the collapse of Operation Jasmine in March, two things were clear. They wanted answers and they wanted justice.

Without the bold decision by the First Minister today, these families would have been let down by the system.

Their pain and guilt over what happened to their loved ones deserved a response, and I cannot welcome this response enough.

From the first time I saw the disturbing images of wickedness at these care homes, I knew it was a story that needed to be told and for real lessons to be learned from it.

In the months since, I have been campaigning hard in Parliament to change care home laws, while working with the Deputy Minister for Social Services and Older People’s Commissioner to secure an inquiry - always with their story at the forefront of my mind.

But it is the tireless work by these families that has made this possible today. We will no longer have to talk about 12,000 tonnes of evidence lying locked in a warehouse, or a criminal case lying on file.

Instead we will have a review that will tell the public the full story, and hopefully spare generations to come from tragic stories such as this.

– Nick Smith MP, Blaenau Gwent