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(From Guardian Unlimited)
A new corporate manslaughter law - first promised in Labour's 2001 manifesto - moved a step closer today with the publication of a draft bill.
The home secretary, Charles Clarke, announced a draft bill to create the new criminal offence, which would apply when someone is killed because a company's senior management "grossly fails to take reasonable care for the safety of employees or others".
The publication of the bill was welcomed by the TUC union organisation - which strongly campaigned for it in the wake of tragedies stretching back to the Zeebrugge ferry sinking of 1987 - but it complained that only fines, rather than jail, were being offered as punishment. …