The Tories are making ‘Martyn’s Law’ a manifesto after accusing the Prime Minister of breaking his promise

The Conservative Party’s manifesto promised to introduce “Martyn’s Law” after earlier promises to include anti-terrorism provisions in the statute were rejected by the general election. The new law will be named after Martyn Hett, a 29-year-old from Stockport who was one of 22 people murdered in a suicide bombing at the end of an Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena in May 2017.

This would require UK facilities and local authorities to have training requirements and preventive plans against terrorist attacks. Martyn’s mother, Figen Murray, has campaigned tirelessly for the government to introduce the law and last month walked 200 miles from Manchester to Downing Street.

Ms Murray said she felt “let down” and “misled” after meeting Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, who told her he would introduce the legislation before parliament’s summer recess. But later that day he called early elections, leading to the dissolution of parliament before the Martyn Act came into force.

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On Tuesday, the Conservative Party’s manifesto raised the issue again, stating: “We will urgently introduce Martyn’s Bill in tribute to Martyn Hett, who, along with 21 others, tragically died in the Manchester Arena terrorist attack in 2017. This will ensure facilities are better prepared for terrorist attacks, requiring them to take proportionate steps to reduce the risk.”

The Tories say it has taken longer than expected to pass Martyn’s Bill, but while it may happen between a general election, they are committed to implementing it.

Figen Murray in Downing Street with husband Stuart(Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire)

Sunak said it would still be possible to pass the bill before the summer break if he was re-elected because Parliament would reconvene when there was enough time for the bill to pass through the House of Commons. The Labor Party has stated that if elected it will introduce Martyn’s Bill as a “priority”.

Ms. Murray has been contacted for comment.