WEARSIDE MPs have said they would oppose any return to the death penalty.
The last executions in England, by hanging, took place in 1964, with capital punishment abolished in 1969 in Britain.
Sharon Hodgson, MP for Washington and Sunderland West, said: “I am fully against the death penalty.
“While I can certainly understand the reasons some people call for its return in the wake of a particularly disturbing murder, I remain convinced that it is not the answer.
“Murder is wrong, whether committed by an individual or a government.
“Committing murder is not a rational decision in any case, so saying that capital punishment would be a deterrent is not a credible argument – as evidenced by the homicide rate in the US, where many states still use it.
“And while the possibility remains of innocent people being convicted of crimes they didn’t commit, as has been the case on many occasions, I firmly believe that the UK should remain part of the growing majority of countries who have banned the practice.”
Sunderland Central MP Julie Elliott said: “I am absolutely opposed to the reintroduction of the death penalty.”
Bridget Phillipson, who represents Houghton and Sunderland South, added: “I’m happy to debate the reintroduction of the death penalty if it comes before Parliament, but I have always been and remain firmly opposed to the death penalty.”