Government backs Martyn's Law for tougher security at public venues

The Government is committed "100%" to introducing tougher security checks at public venues in honour of Martyn Hett, one of the 22 victims of the Manchester Arena bombing.

Martyn's mum Figen Murray has fought tirelessly for the implementation of "Martyn's Law", which would force public venues to use specific counter-terrorism plans into their safety regime.

Martyn Hett from Stockport was 29 when he was killed in the atrocity at the end of an Ariana Grande concert in May 2017, which also injured hundreds others.

Martyn's mother Figen Murray has been campaigning for a change in the law around safety at public venues. Credit: ITV News

Earlier this week, Manchester City Council said it was prepared to "enshrine the principles" of Martyn's Law into future regulations.

The council said it was developing a scheme of best practice among licensed venues and that existing conditions would be revised to ensure venues had a counter-terrorism plan in place, including staff training.

Writing in the Mail on Sunday, Security Minister Brandon Lewis said:

Announcing the Manchester proposals, Councillor Nigel Murphy, the council's deputy leader, said: "We are proud to work with Figen to lead the way on bringing in an improved culture of safety in this country, but we need the Government to take action.

"Only they have the power to get Martyn's Law onto the statute books and we hope it treats her campaign as a priority."

Ms Murray said: "It feels like a recognition and deep respect for the bereaved families and the hundreds of injured people. I am certain that Martyn's Law will save lives through the council applying simple common sense."

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