Rishi Sunak accused of going against his word on Martyn's Law to Figen Murray

Figen Murray arrives in Downing street to deliver a petition with her husband Stuart Murray and daughters Nikita Murray and Louise Webster
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Rishi Sunak has been accused of going against his word by telling Figen Murray he would soon introduce Martyn's Law - hours before calling an election. The Prime Minister stood outside 10 Downing Street in pouring rain after 5pm yesterday (May 22) to announce the country would be going to the polls on July 4.

It came on the seventh anniversary of the Manchester Arena bombing, which claimed the lives of 22 innocent victims in 2017, including Martyn Hett. His campaigning mum, Figen, walked 200 miles from the AO Arena to Westminster to coincide with the anniversary, calling for Martyn's Law to be introduced as soon as possible.

The legislation would require venues and local authorities in the UK to have preventative plans in place to mitigate against terror attacks. It was reported that Mr Sunak met with Figen following Prime Minister's Questions yesterday and informed her the Bill would be introduced before the summer recess.

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But hours later, the PM ripped up his summer schedule by calling the General Election. Labour MP Jess Phillips posted on X last night: "Rishi Sunak today stood in front of a bereaved mother and told her he would get her legislation on the statute books before the summer recess..."

On LBC this morning (May 23), it was put to Mr Sunak that just a few hours before calling the election, he had told Figen that the law in her son's name would be introduced before the summer recess. "Again, these are all conversations that need to be had with other parties across Parliament," the PM replied.

"When Parliament dissolves, there are procedures in place to govern what can and cannot be passed… you have a couple more days to get the last bits of legislation through. I can’t force those through on my own.”

Mr Sunak could also not guarantee that the infected blood victims would get compensation authorised before Parliament is prorogued for the election - or that the Renters Reform Bill would be passed. On infected blood payments, he said: "It’s because it requires a conversation with parties across Parliament, that’s why.

"But I will do absolutely everything in my power to make sure that we do get that through." “It’s the same answer on all of these questions,” he said when challenged over whether the Renters Reform Bill would be completed by the end of the so-called wash-up period.

A Home Office spokesperson previously said: "As set out in the King’s Speech, we are committed to bringing in Martyn’s Law – legislation that will better protect the public from terror attacks, and we are grateful to Figen Murray for her tireless support of this issue.

"It is important that our new law stands the test of time and is a fitting tribute to those who have campaigned for it. That is why we have consulted on how we can protect the public without putting unnecessary burdens on smaller businesses. We are now in the final stages of drafting this legislation, and it will be brought in as soon as possible."