Tuesday 9 March 2021 / 8:29 AM Justice / Policing

Labour responds to the publication of the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill

Labour’s Shadow Justice Secretary, David Lammy MP, and Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary, Nick Thomas-Symonds MP, have responded to the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill – a major new crime and justice bill which is being introduced to parliament tomorrow.

 

David Lammy MP, Labour’s Shadow Justice Secretary, said: 

“A decade of Conservative cuts and failed ideology has left us with a justice system that is failing victims of crime and creating endless cycles of re-offence.

“The relatively light sentence Thomas Griffiths received after the horrific killing of Ellie Gould shows that some criminals deserve tougher sentences.

“Labour will scrutinise the changes proposed in the bill to ensure they prioritise victims, as well as being proportionate, fair and rooted in evidence.”

 

Nick Thomas-Symonds MP, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary said:

“The measures in this Bill will be cold comfort to officers who are have been offered a pay freeze in response for their remarkable bravery in this pandemic.

 

“While Labour has been calling for a number of these changes, they will not go far enough to tackle violence against officers, which saw attacks on officers rise 50 per cent over the past five years.”