Wetherby MP calls for stricter sentencing for drink drivers

Alec Shelbrooke MP
Alec Shelbrooke MP

Elmet and Rothwell MP Alec Shelbrooke called for stricter sentencing of foreign drivers guilty of causing death while under the influence of alcohol in Parliament this week.

In an adjournment debate, Mr Shelbrooke spoke out about the death of 19-year-old Callum Wark from Swillington who was killed when his car collided with an HGV in March 2014.

Stoyan Andonov, the Bulgarian driving the HGV, was found to be three times over the legal limit and was sentenced to seven years and eight months imprisonment and banned from driving in the UK for ten years.

Mr Shelbrooke met Callum’s parents and told the Wetherby News: “This gave me a deep motivation to speak out on behalf of my constituents and seek justice for Callum.”

He said in the House of Commons: “As their MP nothing I can do or say will restore happiness for Callum’s parents, but we can restore their faith in the criminal justice system by making Callum’s untimely death the reason for a stricter minimum sentence for death while under the influence of alcohol.”

Mr Shelbrooke also called for the immediate deportation of foreign nationals convicted in the UK and for driving disqualifications to be recognised across the EU.