A woman has won her landmark battle for better legal rights for unmarried people who lose their partners.

NHS worker Jakki Smith, from Chorley, Lancashire, took the government to court for breaching her human rights in denying her bereavement damages.

A fixed sum of £12,980 is paid out if a person dies as a result of negligence – but only to spouses or civil partners.

Her partner of 16 years, John Bulloch, died aged 66 in 2011 after an infection was missed by medics.

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