It has been announced that Ian Swales, Liberal Democrat MP for Redcar, will chair a new group tasked with overseeing the streamlining and modernisation of Cleveland's ailing coroner service.
Ian has attended meetings with all interested parties - the police, coroner's office and councils - to come up with a solution. Together, they launched a review which has revealed some administrative problems holding back progress in the coroner's office, leading to some of the worst backlogs in the country.
Ian Swales is now to chair the group tasked with implementing the review to streamline and modernise the coroner's service in Cleveland.
"It's totally unacceptable that local families have to wait so long for verdicts at what is already a very difficult time.
"I'm looking forward to working with all concerned parties towards a positive outcome for all.
"Our aim is to move from having one of the worst coroner's departments in the country to one of the best."