A review of murder laws has been demanded after it emerged that a drunk driver from Birmingham who killed two police officers when he deliberately smashed his van into their car could be free in four years.
Labour MP David Taylor (Leicestershire NW) protested that a legal technicality meant Leayon Dudley, (41), could only be charged with manslaughter when he appeared in court last week.
During exchanges on coming parliamentary business in the House of Commons, he warned that there would be "no form of justice" for the devastated families of the dead officers if Dudley walked free in four years times.
Dudley, from Oakhurst Road, Acocks Green, was chased for about 50 miles before he rammed the patrol car at more than 80mph in a lay-by on the A42 near Worthington, Leicestershire, in
2002. He was convicted of murdering one officer and unlawfully killing another after a trial at Stafford Crown Court two years ago but his convictions were quashed by the Court of Appeal.
The prosecution was unable to bring a second trial on two counts of murder as he had already been acquitted of the murder of Pc Andrew Munn.
Dudley pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Pc Munn, aged 37, and his colleague Pc Bryan Moore, aged 39 and was jailed for 14 years at Stafford Crown Court last week.
However, under new rules he will automatically be released after serving just half his sentence.
The father-of-two, who was twice the legal drink drive limit when he ploughed into the car, has already spent the past three years in custody since his arrest immediately after the crash.
Mr Taylor said that Dudley's actions had widowed Alison Munn and Sarah Moore and left five children without fathers.
"He was found guilty of murder of one of those police officers at an earlier hearing but that was overturned and, because of a legal technicality, when he went to Stafford Crown Court and pleaded guilty he only pleaded guilty to the offence of manslaughter."
At this point, Speaker Michael Martin intervened to warn that the case was before the courts and should be discussed no further.
However, moments later Mr Martin said he was mistaken and Mr Taylor could complete his question.
Mr Taylor said that as Dudley had already spent three years in custody he could be released in a further four.
"This is no form of justice for the families who so seriously had their lives destroyed by those events..."
He demanded: "Isn't it about time that we did look at the law surrounding murder and the penalties that are available so that no legal technicalities can stand in the way of justice in the way that the Munn and Moore family endured at Stafford Crown Court this week?"
Commons Leader Geoff Hoon expressed the Government's sympathy for the families of both officers.
He said the legal definitions of murder and manslaughter had been the subject of various reviews.