Martyn Hett's mum Figen Murray calls for ticket tax to improve security at venues after Arena attack
19.03.2023 - 02:23
Figen Murray, the mother of Manchester Arena attack victim Martyn Hett, has called on big music venues to add a 50p tax to tickets to improve security.
Figen has said the levy could raise £1 million a year for each place to buy essential kit. Today (March18), the anti-terrorism campaigner reveals new legislation to improve training and security at gigs will go in front of MPs within weeks.
Figen, 62, who has fought for reforms called Martyn’s Law for five years, said: “This would be the biggest change we could achieve in Martyn’s name. If security had been better, Martyn and many others could still be here.
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“I have given every second I have into how we can make positive change to make sure nothing like that ever happens again. Rishi Sunak told me Martyn’s Law will be presented in front of the house in early spring, so we are so, so close to change. It’s a huge step towards it being enforced nationally.
“If anyone tells me venues can’t afford better security, I’m afraid that’s nonsense. They could recoup the money by charging 50 pence on every ticket price and ringfence that money for security.
“If Manchester Arena had 10,000 people in the venue for four nights a week, 52 weeks a year, as they do, and charged 50p extra a ticket, it would give them over £1million. This could pay for or lease equipment, a security director, better training.”
In a touching interview to mark Mother’s Day, Figen says she hopes she will have “made Martyn proud”, reports The Mirror. She said: “I still have a few Mother’s Day cards he made me at school when he was little and they are precious. I am so glad I kept them.
“He is the first thing on my