Monday 13 July 2020 / 12:01 AM David Lammy / Home / Justice / Nick Thomas-Symonds

Response to consultation on doubling maximum sentence for assaulting emergency workers

Labour response to the Government’s consultation on doubling the maximum sentence for assaulting emergency workers:

David Lammy MP, Shadow Justice Secretary, said:

“Emergency workers put themselves in danger to keep the rest of us safe. It is right that anyone who assaults a firefighter, prison officer, paramedic or police officer should face the full force of the law.

“We will look closely at these proposals, but recognising the bravery of emergency workers requires more than just increasing sentences for those that assault them. After a decade of austerity, the Government should promise to end the cuts that have left our emergency services understaffed and overworked even before this crisis began.”

Nick Thomas-Symonds, Shadow Home Secretary, said:

“We will look closely at the full details of what the Ministers bring forward. However, if the Government had listened to Labour MPs like Chris Bryant and Holly Lynch in 2018 the principle of a two-year sentence for attacks on frontline workers would already be in place.

“Police officers have faced some appalling attacks in recent weeks while going about their work to keep people safe – this is unacceptable and we should do all we can to protect them, including tougher sentences for those who attack them.”