Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Rennie tries to close Sex Offender Loophole

Willie Rennie MP today launched a Ten Minute Rule Bill in Parliament which aims to end the scandal whereby a driving instructor who has been convicted of sexually assaulting a client can continue to work while the process takes place to remove them as an approved instructor.

He had been made aware of this loophole by a brave constituent who had endured an assault by her driving instructor. She assumed that when he was found guilty, that he would never have the chance to prey on anyone else. Imagine her horror when she found out that he was back working the next day.

The process to remove an instructor in this position takes around 6 weeks. However, there is no facility to suspend someone while this goes through all its stages. This Bill seeks to remove that anomaly and ensure that no convicted driving instructor every has the chance to claim an other victim.

The Bill passed its stage today and is up for discussion again next Monday.

This is the sort of measure which should attract support from all sides of the house - and indeed its sponsors included Labour and Liberal Democrat MPs.

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