Bristol South MP, Karin Smyth, has given her full backing to a package of new policy initiatives unveiled by Keir Starmer today as he launched the “Make Britain’s Streets Safe’ mission.
At a keynote speech delivered today in Stoke-on-Trent, Keir Starmer outlined how the next Labour Government will put law and order at the centre of government activities.
Keir Starmer confirmed that within a decade, a Labour Government will halve both the level of crime against women and girls and incidents of knife crime. He also confirmed that Labour’s mission would raise confidence in every police force to its highest level and reverse the total collapse in the proportions of crimes solved.
In his speech, Keir Starmer drew on his time as the Director of Public Prosecutions and said that his own experiences had led him to know that only by making Britain’s Streets Safe can we allow communities to thrive.
The Leader of the Labour Party also reiterated his pledge to put 13,000 more police officers into communities but also highlighted the need for more specialist officers to support victims of sexual assaults, rape and domestic violence.
Karin Smyth, MP for Bristol South, said:
“In cities like Bristol, there are communities which face real challenges due to the hollowing out of our police services. Neighbourhoods have problems with anti-social behavior and too many victims of crime don’t bother reporting the crime they have suffered because they do not believe that anything will happen. It is heartening to hear Keir make clear that the next Labour Government will put tackling crime at the centre of our ambitious programme for the Country.”
“With only 1% of reported rapes making it to trial, it is absolutely right that the focus of the whole criminal justice system is shifted to change that. This is a package which is serious about undoing the mess that has been created by the current Tory Government.”