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Passage of Historical Institutional Abuse Bill welcome but long overdue, says Bradshaw

Alliance MLA Paula Bradshaw has welcomed the passage of the Historical Institutional Abuse Bill through Westminster and congratulated campaigners on this important milestone.

MPs fast-tracked the legislation through the House of Commons today and it will now receive Royal Assent.

“It is important first of all to congratulate those who have led the campaign to reach this important milestone. Without them, the victims would not be getting this long overdue recognition,” said Ms Bradshaw.

“It is of course a hugely welcome relief this Bill has passed through Parliament before the election. The last thing the victims needed was to become victims again of political deadlock, after all they have been through already.

“Needless to say, this has come too late for many victims, and it is vital now implementation proceeds swiftly so it is not too late for others. This is a significant day for the campaign but the redress is still to come and the work must continue to ensure victims get the recognition they deserve.”