Chloe Smith, MP for Norwich North, is holding a further meeting with the Home Office Minister for Domestic Abuse, in Westminster.


Chloe’s constituent Kerri McAuley was murdered by her partner.  Kerri’s family and Chloe believe he could have been stopped sooner, and Chloe is working in Parliament to help the government learn valuable lessons from her death as it drafts new legislation that will tackle domestic abuse.


Minister Victoria Atkins MP is preparing a new Domestic Violence and Abuse Bill that will strengthen the tools available to beat this repulsive crime.  Chloe met her predecessor Sarah Newton MP in September.


Chloe comments:


“As a constituency MP, it is incredibly important to be able to use local examples to make the laws of this land better.  I’d like this work to help change the law so that evil people like Joe Storey can be stopped in the future.  I am grateful to Kerri’s family for their courage in sharing her story, and I hope we can achieve something together so that Kerri did not die in vain.  It is good that the government is taking action.”


As part of this work, Chloe is also in contact with the McAuley family, charity Leeway, Norfolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner and the Constabulary, local councils, and the Independent Chair of the Domestic Homicide Review into Kerri’s murder.


Chloe also wants this work to help show support for the EDP/Norwich Evening News Christmas campaign, for Leeway in Kerri’s memory.


Chloe adds:


“If you are experiencing any form of abuse, speak out.  You can contact Norfolk charity Leeway here:  Their 24 hour helpline for free, confidential advice is 0300 561 0077.  If you are in immediate danger call 999.”