Bottle attack widow in Parliament talks

Jane and Philip Sherriff
Jane and Philip Sherriff

A widow was due to visit Parliament to deliver a petition to ban glass bottles in pubs and clubs.

Jane Sherriff, 35, launched a campaign after her husband Philip was murdered with a broken glass bottle in April

On Tuesday the mum-of-two was expected to hand-deliver a petition of 100,000 signatures, the support needed to get the campaign discussed in parliament.

She was joined on her trip to London by Marjorie Golding, whose son was scarred for life in a bottle attack in 2004.

Jane, of Scorton, near Garstang, said: “It is quite a big occasion for us. It is a very small step but we hope it will get people talking.

“Eventually we want a change in the law and whether that happens or not we want to get this debate going.”

Philip, 37, was in a London nightclub when he was stabbed in the neck with a glass bottle.

Last month Ashley Charles, 26, from Leicester, was convicted of Philip’s murder and jailed for 14 years.

Jane said: “It’s a long way to go to post a letter, but it will be worth it.

“I’m not a campaigner, I’m a mum, and I am still a grieving widow.

“It has definitely been a steep learning curve. No one tells you how to do these campaigns.

“The kids will go to bed and I will still be up on the internet researching things.”

Jane and Marjorie were due to travel to London to hand over the petition before meeting Ian Lucas, MP for Wrexham, and Eric Ollerenshaw, MP for Lancaster and Fleetwood.

Jane said: “This is what we have been working towards. It didn’t take too long but it has been hard going.

“The message is getting out there and that is the important thing. If that is all I achieve, it’s worth it.”

Mr Lucas had the matter raised in his constituency and has secured a ‘Ten Minute Rule Bill’ to discuss the issue in Parliament.