Thank you for writing to me about Belly Mujinga. I share your outrage at the shocking events that occurred and join with you in seeking justice for Ms Mujinga and her family.
It is my understanding that the British Transport Police have invited the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to conduct an independent review of the available evidence. I would like to assure you that I will be closely following any developments, and I welcome the fact that the CPS will now have the opportunity to review this case.
It is vital that as we keep our transport system going, we prioritise and protect transport staff. Guidance has been issued to transport operators to help them identify and address risks to their staff as the lockdown eases. For example, the guidance encourages operators to carry out risk assessments, set out clear rules on interacting with passengers, re-deploy clinically vulnerable people into roles where the risk is lower and use screens to create a physical barrier at places such as ticket offices.
I have been reassured that the Government will also work with transport operators to ensure staff are provided with and wear face coverings where appropriate for their role. As I say, protecting transport staff is a priority.
For more information please see: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-safer-transport-guidance-for-operators
Thank you again for writing to me about this really important matter.
With best wishes.
Jonathan Lord MP
Member of Parliament for Woking