A BARNSLEY MP has met with a road safety charity to continue her campaign to increase the maximum sentence for those found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving.

The meeting between Barnsley East MP Stephanie Peacock and representatives from Brake took place in Parliament.

The MP’s campaign was triggered following the tragic death of Brierley resident Jacqueline Wileman, who was killed in 2017 by four men driving a stolen HGV lorry.

Working with Jacqueline’s family and brother Johnny Wood, the MP secured a commitment from the government to increase the maximum sentences that can be handed out to those found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving, following the sentences given to those responsible for Jacqueline’s death.

The MP recently coordinated a Parliamentary meeting between the now-Justice Secretary Robert Buckland MP and Johnny.

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However, despite reaffirming their pledge to increasing maximum sentences, the Secretary of State was unable to provide any date to do so.

Following the meeting, press reports emerged over the government’s intention to increase sentences, and the MP has written to the Justice Secretary to confirm the government’s pledge.

“The government have committed to do so, but continue to drag their feet in bringing forward the necessary legislation required to make the changes,” Stephanie said.

“Following my meeting with Brake, I’ll work alongside them and continue to push the government to increase the sentences and provide justice for Jackie and her family.”