MPs back campaign to ban window blind cords after death of Sophia
COUNTY MPs have spoken in support of Amanda O'Halloran's campaign to change the design and manufacture of window blind cords after the death of her daughter.
Amanda, who lives in Tirley and grew up in Cheltenham has started a campaign to ban looped blind cords in the UK after 17-month-old Sophia, was strangled by one.
Martin Horwood, Liberal Democrat MP for Cheltenham, said: "I would be very sympathetic to a change in the law.
"I would have thought it's not too difficult to change the way blinds are made.
"It doesn't seem to me to be impossible to design a cord that doesn't have a loop.
"It seems a perfectly sensible regulation to have.
"It's a heartbreaking story and I can't imagine what it must be like to go through something like that."
Tewkesbury's Conservative MP Laurence Robertson saw a possible role for legislation to prevent such an accident again.
He said: "We can look at what we can do in Parliament to make the home as safe as possible.
"I think the most important thing is that this very brave lady is campaigning and bringing the issue to light because I think most people won't have realised the dangers.
"So she is doing a great job in highlighting this and we in Parliament can then look at what we can do."
Neil Carmichael, Conservative MP for Stroud, said there is a precedent for making new regulations on ordinary objects that can cause tragic deaths.
He said: "This tragic case reminds me of a young girl who was trapped by a car window.
"How car windows operate was changed after that, and I think it's important to identify issues like this and act so they can't happen again."
The Forest of Dean constituency MP for Amanda and her partner Chris Parslow is Conservative Mark Harper.
He said he was aware of the case but added: "I do not comment publicly on cases raised with me by constituents unless I have their explicit permission to do so.
"If I receive such permission from my constituents then I will be able to provide a fuller comment in due course."