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TREATMENT OF 17 YEAR OLDS IN POLICE CUSTODY

That this House condemns the exclusion of 17 year olds from the specific protection given to juveniles in the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984, which remains inconsistent with domestic and international legislation which states that a human is a child until the age of 18 and that 17 year olds in police custody are consequently not provided with an appropriate adult as a matter of course; notes with great sadness the tragic consequences this has had for the Thornber and Lawton family whose 17 year old sons Edward Thornber, who was arrested for the possession of cannabis, and Joe Lawton, arrested for drink driving, committed suicide as a result; and calls on the Government for a change of law so that 17 year olds are treated as children when arrested and in police custody, as requested by a 52,000 signature petition presented to 10 Downing Street on 28 March 2013.

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Name Party Constituency Date Signed
Bottomley, Peter Conservative Party Worthing West 09.05.2013
Caton, Martin Labour Party Gower 15.05.2013
Corbyn, Jeremy Labour Party Islington North 10.05.2013
Durkan, Mark Social Democratic and Labour Party Foyle 13.05.2013
Galloway, George Respect Bradford West 26.06.2013
George, Andrew Liberal Democrats St Ives 15.05.2013
Glindon, Mary Labour Party North Tyneside 14.05.2013
Hancock, Mike Liberal Democrats Portsmouth South 20.05.2013
Hermon, Lady INDEPENDENT North Down 15.05.2013
Howarth, George Labour Party Knowsley 13.05.2013
Leech, John Liberal Democrats Manchester Withington 08.05.2013
Llwyd, Elfyn Plaid Cymru Dwyfor Meirionnydd 15.05.2013
Long, Naomi Alliance Party Belfast East 19.06.2013
Lucas, Caroline Green Party Brighton Pavilion 20.05.2013
McDonnell, Alasdair Social Democratic and Labour Party Belfast South 11.09.2013
McDonnell, John Labour Party Hayes and Harlington 09.05.2013
Meale, Alan Labour Party Mansfield 14.05.2013
Ritchie, Margaret Social Democratic and Labour Party South Down 14.05.2013
Rotheram, Steve Labour Party Liverpool Walton 15.05.2013
Stunell, Andrew Liberal Democrats Hazel Grove 04.06.2013
Vaz, Valerie Labour Party Walsall South 20.05.2013
Ward, David Liberal Democrats Bradford East 15.05.2013