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Jenny Chapman MP, Labour's Shadow Justice Minister, responding to reports that the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) would welcome a change in the law to allow prosecutors to appeal against a judge's bail decision, said:

“We welcome the support of the Director of Public Prosecutions for this sensible adjustment to the law on bail which Labour has been campaigning for. John and Penny Clough's dignified campaign has shown how devastating consequences of bail decisions can be. Dangerous offenders must not be freed to commit more crime. When there is compelling evidence against bail the Crown Prosecution Service must be allowed to appeal against decisions they think are wrong.

“That's why we have been arguing for this common sense change in the rules. We want the Government to act now to protect the public. This is a simple safeguard that could have saved Jane's life. We can see no reason to delay the change.”

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