Alex has announced that Jade's Law will be introduced so that parents who kill a partner or ex-partner with whom they have children will automatically have their parental responsibility suspended on conviction.
The rule will apply to anyone convicted of the murder or voluntary manslaughter of a person with whom they share parental responsibility. This would then be reviewed swiftly by a judge to ensure it is in the best interests of the child.
It will better protect children by preventing killers from having any say over key elements of their life whilst also meaning the bereaved will no longer have to go through the process of applying to restrict parental responsibility through the family court.
The law will be named after Jade Ward, who was murdered by her former partner in 2021. Her family have campaigned tirelessly to change the law after her murderer was able to continue to take part in decisions relating to their four children inflicting further trauma on the children and Jade’s parents.