Mum Denise Fergus has called for changes to the parole system after Jon Venables, who killed her son James Bulger, made a new bid for his release. She met Justice Minister Dominic Raab
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Today there is finally hope for Denise Fergus, mother of murdered James Bulger, after she was granted an audience with Justice Secretary Dominic Raab.
She speaks movingly to today’s Sunday Mirror about finally being able to get out of the “defense mode” she’s been locked in for 29 years since her son’s brutal murder at the hands of Jon Venables and Robert Thompson.
The cold-blooded torture and killing of a toddler by two 10-year-old truants shocked the nation.
And it’s understandably haunted his family ever since.
It’s scandalous that this week, for the first time, someone in power took the time to sit down and listen to James’ mother.
Denise has called for changes to the parole system after Venables made a new bid for his release.
Since his return to prison after being caught with child abuse images in 2017, he has twice applied for parole.
And because ministers rarely intervene in parole decisions — even for high-risk offenders — Denise is forced to go through the heartbreaking process of drafting a victim statement every time she pleads for his release.
It can’t be right that grieving parents should spend three decades on the brink of being forced to relive their pain at every parole hearing.
Listening isn’t enough for Mr. Raab – he needs to keep his promises and make significant changes.
For as long as we’ve known Boris Johnson, we’ve known that he played with the truth quickly and loosely.
He was dismissed from his first ministerial post for lying about an affair.
During the Brexit referendum, he traveled the country with a huge untruth on the side of his battle bus.
And now he faces a parliamentary inquiry into whether he lied about Partygate.
So it was only a matter of time before his own MPs started copying their leader’s behavior.
It should come as no surprise that more than a dozen MPs are not honest with him about whether they voted to sack him this week.
He got lucky this time, but how long can a PM really stay who can’t trust his own team?
Even if 40% of his own MPs don’t support him, Johnson believes he’s still popular with the public and has a mandate to govern.
The upcoming double by-elections in Wakefield and Tiverton will test that assumption to the absolute limit.
And the more he looks like a liability to Tory MPs, the more of them will decide it’s time to jettison him.
It is unfortunate that a survey shows that more than twice as many men as women would like to be cloned.
The country might run a little more efficiently if it were the other way around.
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