A CAMPAIGN to create a ‘stalking register’ — in memory of an East Lancashire nurse and other victims — now has more than 120,000 backers.

And Pendle MP Andrew Stephenson believes that the harassment petition supported by John and Penny Clough, whose daughter Jane was murdered by an abusive former partner outside a hospital, should be debated in Parliament.


The Higherford couple’s e-petition — on the change.org website — is also in the name of Kirsty Treloar, a trainee nursery nurse from London stabbed to death by her partner Myles Williams in front of their three-week old baby.

Mr Stephenson highlighted their efforts to establish a ‘stalkers register’, which would trigger the monitoring of persistent stalkers and domestic violence thugs.

Currently petitions on the official Parliamentary website trigger a Commons debate when 100,000 signatures are achieved — but this does not apply to external e-petitions.

Tom Brake, Deputy Leader of the House of Commons, said a new petitions committee was being established, to consider the issue.

He also told Mr Stephenson that the Cloughs’ fight could also be raised during adjournment debates and through the Backbench Business Committee.

Speaking later, the MP said: “John’s petition has received a huge amount of support. The internet is becoming more and more popular as a way of expressing opinions with a number of petition sites.

“Parliament needs to be able to listen to what people are saying online. I have written to the Home Secretary about John’s petition and the Stalkers Register. Over 120,000 people are backing it because it is a good idea that could help protect victims and even save lives.”

Jonathan Vass, who stabbed Jane Clough 71 times outside Blackpool’s Victoria Hospital, was jailed for life for her murder in October 2010.