Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg backs Eve's Law

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DEPUTY Prime Minister Nick Clegg has thrown his weight behind Eve’s Law, which is due to be debated by a parliamentary committee.

The law, spearheaded by domestic violence campaigner Eve Thomas, has already gained support from a number of MPs, including shadow justice secretary Dan Jarvis who tabled the original early day motion.

Earlier this month Ms Thomas also welcomed an announcement from home secretary Theresa May that said that the government was committed to put in place a new code of practice to ensure that safe addresses of victims of domestic and sexual abuse were protected.

However Ms Thomas, from Astley Bridge, says although this is a step in the right direction, the law should be mandatory — and she hopes this will be the case after an amended version of the motion is debated tomorrow.

Mr Clegg’s letter of support came as a result of Police Crime Commissioner for South Yorkshire Shaun Wright’s letters to a number of MPs aiming to drum up support for the campaign.

Ms Thomas said: “I have received a letter on behalf of Nick Clegg after Shaun Wright wrote to all the MPs to ask them to support Eve’s Law.

“He said that although he couldn’t sign the motion himself, he said that he and the Lib Dems support Eve’s Law.

“It is fantastic news that the motion now has the support of the Labour Party and the Liberal Democrats. I hope now that the Conservative party will follow, especially now that Mr Jarvis is tabling an amendment. I hope this will be passed and Eve’s Law will become legislation.

“As it stands, a code of practice is a step in the right direction, but it needs to be made law.”

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