Labour votes against the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill at Third Reading
Nick Thomas-Symonds MP, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary, said:
“This Bill showed the priorities of this Government are all wrong. Labour is opposed to a Bill that pushes through higher sentences for damaging a statue than the minimum sentence for rape.
“It completely fails to act on the measures Labour set out in our plan for tackling violence against women and girls and will do nothing to address the shameful lack of support for victims’ services. The measures outlined in the Bill disproportionately and unnecessarily remove the rights to peaceful protest.
“Ministers have also ignored calls – backed by unions, businesses and across Parliament – to act by changing the law to tackle the unacceptable abuse that shopworkers have faced.”
David Lammy MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Justice, said:
“Instead of trying to divide the country by attacking our fundamental freedoms, the Government should have voted with Labour to support rape victims and increase minimum sentences for rapists.
“The Prime Minister’s apology for his government causing record-low conviction and prosecution rates for rape were crocodile tears. Labour cannot back a Bill that hands out tougher sentences to those who damage statues than those who rape women.”