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    UK press react to coroner's findings

    Recommendations made in the Wakefield Coroner's report on the deaths of Bobby and Christi Shepherd have been reported extensively in the UK media. 

    Coroner David Hinchliff recommends that the UK should push for EU-wide legislation on carbon monoxide safety, and warns that there is a risk of future deaths unless action is taken. 

    Mary Creagh, MP for Wakefield, has also been highlighting the Coroner's recommendations.

    Please click here for BBC coverage of the report. 

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    Private rented sector regulations (England) come into force

    New requirements on private landlords in England to fit smoke and carbon monxide alarms have come into force.

    From 1 October 2015, an installed carbon monoxide alarm is required in any room containing a solid fuel burning appliance (e.g. a coal fire, wood burning stove). The landlord must also make sure the alarms are in working order at the start of each new tenancy.

    To read a copy of Baroness Finlay's speech on the regulations in Parliament, please click here, or click here for the government release.

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    Parliamentary debates on private rented sector regulations

    The upcoming smoke and carbon monoxide alarm requirements on private rented housing have been discussed in both Houses of Parliament.

    APPCOG co-Chair Baroness Finlay of Llandaff led questioning within the Lords Grand Committee on 7th September, Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods MP led questioning during the Delegated Legislation Committee Commons stage on 14th September, and a wider Lords debate also took place on 14th September.

    Links: first Lords debate video here (transcript link), Commons debate video here (transcript link), and the second Lords debate video here (transcript link).

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    Gas Safety Week 2015 launched in Parliament

    Gas Safety Week 2015 was launched in Parliament on Wednesday 9th September. 

    The launch was hosted by Sir David Amess MP, and included an address by Barry Sheerman MP (pictured), Co-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Carbon Monoxide Group. 

    Parliamentarians have recorded video messages of support for Gas Safety Week, please click here to watch. Additionally, an Early Day Motion, and a Scottish Parliament Motion, have been tabled.

    Please follow @GasSafetyWeek on Twitter for the latest events and updates.

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    Mary Creagh MP leads Carbon Monoxide Debate

    The deaths of two children killed by carbon monoxide poisoning while on holiday in Corfu were debated in Parliament on July 14th.
    Christi and Bobby Shepherd, were 'unlawfully killed' by fumes from a faulty boiler in a Thomas Cook bungalow in 2006.
    Wakefield MP Mary Creagh secured an adjournment debate to call for a Europe-wide campaign to improve CO safety.
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    Loose Women: Say No to CO

    The Loose Women presenters have teamed up with Sharon Wood to launch a campaign to raise awareness of the importance of alarms.

    The “Say No To CO” campaign launched on the 30th June episode of the ITV show, on which Wood spoke about her two children, Christi and Bobby, who were killed by carbon monoxide in October 2006 while on holiday in Corfu.
    Loose Women has given away 3,000 carbon monoxide alarms as part of the campaign.
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    Carbon Monoxide: From Awareness to Action

    The latest APPCOG report; 'Carbon Monoxide: From Awareness to Action', launched earlier this year.

    Led by Baroness Finlay (APPCOG co-Chair) and Dr Rachel McCloy (Director of the Centre for Applied Behavioural Science, University of Reading), the report presents recommendations and analysis on improving safety in a range of environments. 

    The report is available to download and view here. Please contact us to request a hard copy.

    Follow the APPCOG on twitter (@APPCOG_UK).

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The All-Party Parliamentary Carbon Monoxide Group (APPCOG) is the leading forum for Parliamentarians to discover, discuss and promote ways of tackling carbon monoxide poisoning in the UK.