Wirral families call for introduction of new laws tackling gang crime

FAMILIES from Wirral are in Parliament today calling for tougher laws on gang crime.Families For Justice will lobby ministers in the House of Commons this afternoon for the introduction of the Gang Law, which could see tougher sentences for offenders.

The group was set up by Jean Taylor, following the deaths of her son Stephen and murder of her daughter Chantel.

The 27-year-old mum-of-three was killed in 2004. Former soldier Stephen Wynne was jailed for life after admitting her murder.

Jean Taylor believes life must mean life and told the Globe: "It would me a lot to me if the gang law was passed. My children weren't murdered by gangs but when the group was up-and-running we found there were many members who were carrying the second pain of unjust, that their children were murdered by gangs and they didn't get justice.

"They build up a wall of silence and this wall of silence must be broken.

"The only way to break that wall of silence and stop gangs getting away with murder is to send them to prison.

"The term 'Life' doesn't mean anything anymore. Life should mean life.

"The wall of silence has to broken and a clear message sent that no-one is above the law."

"I'm more than confident that this law will be passed. It's not a question of 'if', it's just a question of 'when.'"

Prospective Wirral West Conservative MP Esther McVey, who has co-ordinated today's visit with Mrs Taylor, added:

"This is a vital and much-needed update of the law. We've seen too many young lives lost to gangs and nobody really getting a sentence.