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Thursday, March 22, 2007
  Parents to Lobby Parliament
Parents who have been victims of miscarriages of justice and inappropriate prosecutions are planning a lobby of MPs next week. A meeting between Bill Bache, the legal advisor for Justice for Families and John Hemming MP, Chairman of Justice for families, is planning a lobby of MPs. Ian and Angela Gay, Angela Cannings and Marianne Williams have agreed to come to jointly lobby MPs on 28th March to call for changes in procedure and an end to false prosecutions of parents.

Bill Bache, the legal advisor, said, "If a Doctor does not know why a child has died then they should say that. They should not point the finger at parents merely because the cause of death is unclear."

John Hemming MP said, "There is a systematic problem in the operation of justice in both the criminal and family courts. The whole system needs an overhaul."

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Note for Editors:
Ian and Angela Gay were recently acquitted in a retrial where they were alleged to have poisoned their adopted son with salt and also shaken him.

Angela Cannings was released after being falsely imprisoned for the death of two of her children who died from SIDS.

Marianne Williams was acquitted in late 2006 when the doctor treating her son who died blamed her for poisoning him with salt.
 
Comments:
Just to remind readers that there is the "Awareness Day" vigil at the Houses of Parliament relating to false allegations of sexual abuse the day before, on the 27th March. It is important to understand that parents lose children in these cases too.
 
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