LOCAL MEP Paul Nuttall, whose North West constituency includes Ribble Valley, is backing a controversial petition calling for the return of the death penalty.
Mr Nuttall, of the UK Independence Party, has signed a controversial e-petition calling for Parliament to reinstate the death penalty. The online petition has been launched by political blogger Guido Fawkes with the aim of attracting the necessary 100,000 signatures to trigger action.
“I am in favour of restoring the death penalty for child and serial killers,” explained Mr Nuttall
“I think capital punishment is needed for such heinous crimes and I know that many other people feel the same. A ‘YouGov’ poll last year found that 74% of people supported the death penalty for murder in some circumstances.
“Generally too much attention is paid to the so called ‘human rights’ of offenders – what about the rights of victims and their families?”
If the online petition collects the number of signatures it will be considered by a committee of back bench MPs, who have the power to allocate debating time in the House of Commons.
“I am sure that enough signatures will be garnered and it is such an important issue that it should be allocated time for debate by all MPs,” said Mr Nuttall.
“Child and serial killers are never safe to be released back into society and quite frankly keeping them behind bars till they die is a waste of taxpayers’ money. They forfeit any rights when they murder innocents.
“With improvements in science there is virtually no chance of mistaken identity – especially when it comes serial killers. While is not UKIP policy to bring back the death penalty I would vote ‘yes’ if any such referendum was held on capital punishment,” he added.
It is a UKIP policy to hold a referendum on any issue that gains the support of 5% of the population.