Tuesday 5 October 2021 / 1:26 PM Home Affairs / Nick Thomas-Symonds

Nick Thomas-Symonds responds to the announcement of an inquiry into the murder of Sarah Everard

Nick Thomas-Symonds MP, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary, responding to Priti Patel announcing a non-statutory inquiry into ‘systemic failures’ leading up to Sarah Everard’s murder, said:

“Labour has been calling for a full independent inquiry for days, yet the Prime Minister refused to support one. Now the Home Secretary has half-heartedly announced one, but not put it on a robust, statutory footing to ensure there are no barriers in the way to getting answers.

“Labour will study the details of what is proposed very carefully. But taking action on the issue of violence against women and girls cannot be delayed for months or even years pending the outcome of the inquiry. Today, the Government should be getting on with implementing all the recommendations of the damning report from the Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services. Yet Ministers still continue to dither.

“When Parliament next sits, the Home Secretary must bring forward legislation that should toughen laws on street harassment, increase sentences for rape and stalking, fast-track rape and serious sexual violence cases through the courts, and enshrine the rights of victims in a Victims’ Law. Action is needed urgently and the Government has the power to do something about it.”