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Nigel joined families of missing people to pledge his support for the charity Missing People’s Missing Rights campaign.
Meeting with Peter Lawrence, father of missing Claudia, and Claire Chandler, whose partner went missing in February 2011, Nigel signed a postcard to formally show their support for the campaign. On the same day MPs also attended a roundtable discussion in the House of Commons which looked at John Glen MP’s Private Members’ Bill on Presumption of Death which is due for second reading on 2 November.
The charity Missing People has campaigned for a number of years to secure support for families and ensure that anyone affected by the ‘missing’ issue is spared any unnecessary anguish caused by financial and legal bureaucracy. In addition, the charity is campaigning for families to be routinely provided with emotional support and should know that everything possible is being done to find their missing loved one.
Nigel said, ‘Knowing Peter personally I have seen firsthand the difficulties that families face when a loved one goes missing. I look forward to the second reading of the Presumption of Death Bill in November and will support the Missing Rights campaign until those who have experienced a loved one going missing can have their headache put to rest.’
The charity Missing People’s Director of Policy and Advocacy Nicola Sharp said: “We are deeply heartened by the cross-party support that is being expressed by MPs and Peers in their support of the Missing Rights campaign which seeks to ease the heartache experienced by the families of missing people.
“We hope that the roundtable discussions on Presumption of Death focus Parliamentary attention on this issue as we near the second reading of the Presumption of Death Bill in early November. Legislation on this issue already exists in Scotland and Northern Ireland and it is crucial that the same rights are extended to families in England and Wales.