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23 November 2017

Prime Minister urged to back law change to improve grandparents’ rights

Theresa May is being called upon to support law changes that will improve grandparents' access rights.

Conservative MP Nigel Huddleston has asked the Prime Minister to back the calls, saying some people are suffering from "living bereavement" because of restricted contact with their grandchildren.

Agreeing with the Tory member, Mrs May has said grandparents play an important role. She added that Mr Huddleston's points will be considered by the Department for Education and the Ministry of Justice.

Addressing Mrs May during PMQs, the Mid Worcestershire representative said the family dynamic between grandparents and grandchildren is often overlooked, with divorce taking its toll on family members.

"If access to their grandchildren is removed or blocked, some grandparents call this a form of living bereavement," he added.

Sympathising with grandparents who have access restricted, the PM acknowledged the "anguish" felt when parental relationships break down.

However, she says child welfare should always be the primary consideration, and the existing law "already allows family courts to order that a child should spend time with their grandparents".

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