Having had to wait for just under a year for the inquest into the RTA death of my younger brother I am continually appalled when I hear that inquests into the death of service personnel killed in Afghanistan and Iraq are taking up to FIVE YEARS to get under way. The effect upon families must be horrendous, in many ways. This delay is caused by the ludicrous law which states that inquests MUST be carried out by the coroner who covers the area of the country in which the deceased serviceman/woman arrives. So far all deceased service personnel have been landed at Brize Norton (and most recently) at Lyneham. It is my own opinion that this law should be changed but our mate Tony isn't predisposed to doing that, for some reason? I have, therefore, struggled somewhat to get them to accept a petition to the Prime Minister to get the law changed. You can imagine the reception this got. It was refused after two appeals and accepted only after I complained personally to Number 10 that censorship was being applied to petitions which might be party politically embarassing. I was amazed when it was finally (after some 8 weeks) approved. This petition is not, however, going to work without support on the scale of that given to the road charging petition of a couple of months ago. Since it is an apolitical petition and the ONLY people to benefit from its success are the relatives and families of deceased servicemen I do not consider it inappropriate to ask for your help. Please use the link below to have a look at my petition and if you agree, sign it. Then, PLEASE, email the link to everybody in your email address book and ask them to do the same. http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/MoveInquests/ Thanking you in anticipation.