Manchester Arena bombing victim’s mother to go to Downing Street to demand new law | UK news

Martyn’s Law, named after 29-year-old Martyn Hett, would require venues and local authorities across the UK to have preparedness requirements and prevention plans against terrorist attacks.

Tue 07 May 2024 03:04 UK

The mother of one of the victims of the Manchester Arena attack will start a 200-mile walk from where her son was killed to Downing Street to call for stronger protections against terrorism.

Martyn’s Law, named after 29-year-old Martyn Hett, who was one of 22 people killed in ATTACK at the end of an Ariana Grande concert in May 2017, would require UK venues and local authorities to have training requirements and prevention plans against terrorist attacks.

Figen Murray, Hett’s mother, who campaigned for the law to be introduced, will be joined by family and friends, politicians, security industry experts and members of the public during the 16-day walk.

She will arrive in Downing Street on May 22, the seventh anniversary of her son’s death.

Mr. Hett’s mother, Figen Murray. Picture: PA

Mrs Murray said her “life changed overnight” when her son was killed.

“Martyn’s death could have been avoided if basic safety measures had been in place that night and that is why I have campaigned tirelessly to ensure that no parent faces the pain and loss that I endure every day,” said she.

He will be joined by Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham and former counter-terrorism chief Nick Aldworth, as well as Mr Hett’s friends, at the AO Arena in central Manchester this morning.

She will then begin the 186-mile walk to Downing Street, visiting memorials to the victims of the terror attacks along the way to pay her respects.

“I am walking from where my son died to 10 Downing Street to remind the Prime Minister of his commitment to introduce legislation that will improve safety and security in public places,” Ms Murray said.

“The campaign for Martyn’s Law has already been a long journey, I hope this walk is the last leg. All I ask is that the Prime Minister keeps his promise.”

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Ms Murray has written to Rishi Sunak to ask him to meet her when he arrives in Downing Street.

She also asked him to name a date when Martyn’s Law, which was a pledge in the 2019 Conservative manifesto but has not yet passed draft stage, will come to the House of Commons.

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