Rob Flello MP, Labour’s Shadow Justice Minister, commenting on today’s appointment of the Chief Coroner, said:
“Today’s announcement that the position of Chief Coroner has been filled is long overdue. The fact the Tory-led Government had to be dragged kicking and screaming to this position is shameful. It was Labour, along with many other organisations and charities such as Inquest and the Royal British Legion, that had to fight tooth and nail in opposing the Government’s appalling plans to abolish the Chief Coroner role.
"Having been forced by Parliament to keep the office of Chief Coroner, this Tory-led Government proceeded to strip away almost all its powers. This is an insult to bereaved families and this belated appointment only partially makes up for this."