Following last night’s Week in Week Out programme on BBC Wales, Wayne David will be raising the issue of police ‘immunity’ in the House of Commons.
In 2009, Joanna Michael, the daughter of Angela Michael, was murdered in Cardiff. The Independent Police Complaints Commission identified serious failings with both Gwent and South Wales Police but Angela Michael was unable to pursue a negligence case because of police ‘immunity’.
Wayne David hopes to raise the issue on the Floor of the House of Commons next week and certainly before Parliament rises for the general election.
Wayne David said, “It is wrong that negligence cases cannot in any circumstances be pursued against the police. In this case, the police have accepted that there were failings but the Supreme Court ruled that Ms Michael was unable to pursue a negligence claim.
“This is wrong and I hope to get support from my Parliamentary colleagues for a change in the law. I am under no illusions that this will not be an easy process but, as a first step, I intend to raise this issue on the Floor of the House of Commons as soon as is practicable”.