Lissie Harper’s MBE for Advocacy and Courage

Recognition for Advocacy

Lissie Harper, widow of PC Andrew Harper, received an MBE for her tireless efforts and commitment to supporting victims of violent crime.

The honour, presented by King Charles, acknowledges her unwavering advocacy work following her husband’s tragic death in the line of duty.

Campaigning for Change

PC Andrew Harper lost his life while responding to bike thieves, an incident that sparked Mrs Harper’s determined campaign for stronger laws in memory of her husband.

Her relentless efforts led to the creation of Harper’s Law, extending mandatory life sentences for those who commit manslaughter against emergency workers on duty.

Moving Forward Amidst Grief

Addressing the challenges of grieving and moving forward, Lissie Harper openly discussed her newfound relationship and the societal pressures placed on grieving widows.

Emphasizing the importance of finding happiness again, she highlighted the necessity of embracing change and finding a different path after loss.

The Journey to Change

The inception of Harper’s Law emerged amidst profound grief and loss. Mrs Harper’s dedication to changing legislation was supported by influential figures such as the former Home Secretary Priti Patel and former Justice Secretary Dominic Raab.

This legislation, in effect since June, extends protection to emergency workers like police, prison officers, firefighters, and paramedics.

Honours for Others

Among the notable recipients of honours include actress Vicky McClure, recognized for her contributions to drama and charity, and Conservative MP Michael Fabricant, who is set to become a knight for his longstanding service in politics.

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