I am disgusted that the register for stalkers & abusers has been voted out by MPs. When we discovered, in about June 1999, that my stalker had changed his name by deed poll to that of my former partner, I went to the police in relation to a breach of restraining order, citing breaching the “holding paperwork relating to friends/family” bit. The CPS said that a restraining order is there to “restrain not instruct” therefore he has his liberty to do this. At this point he had over 20 convictions relating to his stalking of me. This was only discovered when a documentary was about to be transmitted and he was in a relationship with a woman after coming out of prison with this new name. She didn’t know about his past and the publicity around the documentary was mystifying people because it was his face, but not his name so he told her that it was, apparently, me just being vindictive (imagine, me, having the ITV network at my disposal!). As a result of this loophole, I started a campaign for a stalkers register (this was when I was the lone voice, with the support of the Suzy Lamplugh Trust) and in 2000, I raised the need for one with then Home Office Minister, Charles Clarke, which is documented in the media that the Government would consider it. On 4th July 2001, he was jailed for life for trying to kill her. Perhaps, if the register had been in place, she would still have the use of 2 hands and be free of the psychological damage it caused. This lady is still alive, however there are many who are not because they weren’t aware of someone’s violent (physical or psychological) history. We have annual parole hearings and have to prepare for his possible release each time, yet there is still no register to protect anyone from him. Why are our lives not important enough to protect us from obsessed psychopaths? https://www.theguardian.com/society/2021/apr/16/anger-tory-mps-vote-against-register-stalkers-domestic-abusers