Monday 17 May 2021 / 8:57 AM Ellie Reeves. / Women and Equalities

Ellie Reeves responds to reports that the government will allow rape victims to give evidence on video before trial

Shadow Solicitor General Ellie Reeves MP, responding to reports that the government will allow rape victims to give evidence on video before trial, as called for by Labour in its Survivors’ Support Plan, said:

“It is welcome to see the Government are finally implementing what Labour have long been calling for.

“Under the Tories rape prosecutions are at their lowest level on record.

“Many survivors feel the system is working against them, not for them. That is why Labour called for the fast tracking of rape cases through our courts, CPS and police in our Survivors’ Support Plan and in our Ending Violence Against Women and Girls Green Paper that Labour published today.

“We now need to look at the detail of what the Justice Secretary is doing to ensure that all survivors can benefit from giving their evidence as soon as possible”