What a week it has been. Relentless activity by so many seemed be resulting in too few signatures of Anne Williams e-petition, and with time running out it looked bleak. Then a final effort seemed to hit the right note, and with hours remaining we managed to get the number to pass the magic 100,000 number. At the time of writing there have been 117,012 signatures.
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This e-petition has received the following response:
This e-petition has now passed the threshold of 100 000 signatures.
The Leader of the House of Commons has written to the Backbench Business Committee, who are responsible for the scheduling of debates on e-petitions, informing them that the petition has reached 100 000 signatures
The Backbench Business Committee meets weekly to hear representations from MPs for debates in backbench time. The Committee can consider any subject for debate, including those raised in e-petitions, but an MP must make the case for their consideration. More information about the Committee is available on its website http://www.parliament.uk/bbcom
Since the petition was brought to the attention of the Attorney General, he has agreed that he will look at the applications made to his predecessor, to determine whether in his view, the evidence available supports an application to the Court for a new inquest.