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Bournemouth MP backs Legacy for Lucy bid to ban blind cords
AN MP is backing the Daily Echo’s campaign to ban looped blind cords.
Conor Burns has confirmed he will support initiative Legacy for Lucy, set up in the wake of the death of two-year-old Lucy Cutts five years ago.
The tot died after getting herself caught up in the blind cord in her bedroom, and heartbroken mum Annette Latimer,is now calling on Echo readers to sign a petition calling for a ban on such cords in the UK.
The MP, who represents Bournemouth West, met Annette at a surgery in Kinson last week and has pledged to support her fight.
He said: “If with a very simple measure, you can prevent an avoidable death, then we absolutely need to push that as far as we can.”
Christchurch MP Christopher Chope is also supporting the campaign, and said that manufacturers have a responsibility to ensure their products do not put live at risks.
Conor said: “Some of these products already have a device that encloses the lower half of a blind cord in a sealed plastic unit.
“However, a lot of people would choose not to attach it. These can be quite unsightly and you’d have to screw them into a wall, so it doesn’t always happen.”
He added: “If there is a way to encourage manufacturers into taking responsibility, then we must keep trying.”
Lucy is one of 27 children whose deaths have involved the cords since 1999.
Visit bournemouthecho.co.uk/lega cyforlucy for all stories and details of the campaign.
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