JADE’S LAW, which suspends the parental rights of a parent who kills the other, has successfully passed through Parliament today, before its dissolution for the general election.

Jade Ward’s parents Karen Robinson and Paul Ward, and friend Eddie Duggan, have been campaigning for a change in the law since Russell Marsh was convicted of brutally murdering their 27-year-old daughter, Jade. Jade, from Shotton, was his estranged wife, and a mother to their four children.

Jade’s Law, passed as part of the Victims and Prisoners Bill, will spare the guardians of the children left behind the ordeal of facing the perpetrator in court each time they want to take a decision about the children, from changing doctors to going on holiday.

Alyn and Deeside Labour MP Mark Tami has been supporting the campaign group since May 2022. Edwin Duggan started a petition that garnered 130,179 signatures. Mr Tami introduced the family to then Shadow Minister for Prisons and Probation and Shadow Minister for Domestic Violence and Safeguarding Jess Phillips in June 2022.

In November 2022 he led the debate on the petition in the House of Commons and met with the Ministry of Justice to push the matter. Mr Tami also secured a pledge from the Labour front bench that a Labour Government would enact Jade’s Law. In May this year the Shadow Justice team pushed for amendments to the Victims and Prisoners Bill to include enacting Jade’s Law.

In October, the UK Government finally agreed to implement Jade’s Law, and today the Bill completed the final stages of its journey through Parliament.

Mark Tami said: "I'm ecstatic that Parliament has succeeded in passing the Victims and Prisoners Bill today, particularly Jade's Law.

"Jade's parents Karen Robinson and Paul Ward, along with Eddie Duggan and the rest of Jade's family and friends, have worked selflessly and tirelessly for this moment and deserve every praise.

"I'm disappointed for them that Jade's Law won't apply retrospectively, but I hope that they will be proud of what they have achieved so that families like them will not have to suffer in the way that they have. This is a momentous achievement, and a fitting and lasting tribute to a wonderful and much-loved person."