Couple’s award for bail law campaign

John and Penny Clough, parents of murdered blackpool nurse Jane Clough

John and Penny Clough, parents of murdered blackpool nurse Jane Clough

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A COUPLE who have worked tirelessly to bring about changes to the law following their daughter’s murder have been commended for their campaign.

John and Penny Clough were presented with a trophy from Mothers Against Murder and Aggression (MAMAA) for their work to change bail law to save other people from a similar fate to their daughter, Jane.

The 26-year-old nurse was killed by ex-partner Jonathan Vass outside Blackpool Victoria Hospital while he was out on bail facing rape charges.

Mr and Mrs Clough have gathered support from the House of Lords and House of Commons for their Gazette-backed Justice for Jane campaign, which proposes giving the Crown Prosecution Service the chance to appeal judges’ bail decisions.

Mr Clough said they were astonished when they were presented with the trophy from MAMAA, which supports victims of serious violence, while speaking at a conference in London.

He said: “We were caught unawares with the presentation of a recognition award for the work we have done regarding the campaign.

“It’s such a lovely accolade from a great group of people we are proud to be associated with.”

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Mr and Mrs Clough spoke at the conference alongside director of public prosecutions Keir Starmer and Shadow Justice Minister Rob Flello.

Mrs Clough said: “It was an honour to speak at the conference and how good powerful people are listening.”

The trophy is called the Roger Costello Award after one of MAMAA’s founding members who died three years ago.

A spokesman for MAMAA said: “John and Penny’s campaign has been so successful. In 20 years we have seen many campaigns, we found John and Penny’s was the most sensible.

“It was the way they have run it, in a very dignified manner.

“Everyone has been impressed with them.”