Tom reacts to coroner retirement announcement

Commenting on the announcement today (19th March 2014) of the retirement of Teesside coroner, Michael Sheffield, Labour MP for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland Tom Blenkinsop said:
“This is good news for families across Teesside, as I have been asking for Mr Sheffield to consider his position ever since becoming an MP.

“It is now time to start afresh with a new coroner. Lessons must be learnt and I would hope that the appointment of a new coroner – which is an exercise conducted jointly by the local authorities, the Chief Coroner and the Ministry of Justice – is fast tracked to ensure that there is no gap in provision in this most sensitive of public roles and that the new office holder is able to provide good service to the public on Teesside.”

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