Lord Falconer responds to the Prime Minister’s comments attacking CPS prosecutors
Lord Falconer, Labour’s Shadow Attorney General, responding to the Prime Minister’s comments on Marr attacking CPS prosecutors, said:
“The comments made by the Prime Minister are totally devoid of reality.
“Over the last ten years there has been a real terms cut of CPS budgets by over 33%. At the same time rape and domestic violence prosecutions have plummeted, with rape prosecutions at an all-time low and 44% of rape victims pulling out of their day in court.
“This is not a coincidence. This is due to the criminal justice system being decimated by this government. The Prime Minister’s own inspector for the Crown Prosecution Service has said the reduction in CPS funding has had a lasting impact on its ability to deliver for the public.
“If the Prime Minister is serious about ending the epidemic of violence against women and girls, he needs to finally commit to funding a criminal justice system so that it can work for everyone. Until then we will continue to see women and girls being failed by this government.”