Sir Keir Starmer to promise Labor will halve levels of violence against women and girls | Politics News

Sir Keir Starmer will promise to halve levels of violence against women and girls within 10 years of Labor taking office.

THE Work The leader will also pledge to halve serious violent crime and boost confidence in the police and criminal justice system following a damning report on Scotland Yard by Baroness Casey.

Sir Keir will claim Rishi Sunakis “out of touch” and too detached from reality in some of the UK’s most deprived communities.

The former director of public prosecutions will outline his priorities for police reform and “real victims’ law” in a speech on Thursday.

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“You can’t defeat misogyny without strong policing, but you can’t have strong policing without defeating misogyny,” he will say.

“We will put specialist domestic violence workers in the control rooms of each police force, responding to 999 calls, supporting victims of violence. We will have a specialist rape unit in each police force.

“And we will also set up dedicated rape courts – the current prosecution rates are a disgrace.”

It is “always the workers who pay the heaviest price” for crime, with working-class communities “too often living under its shadow”, he will say.

Addressing an audience in Stoke, Sir Keir will add that ‘it’s personal’ as it is ‘the unfinished business in my life’s work’.

“As someone who has worked in criminal justice for most of my life, I also know that too often the inequalities that still mark our society, class, race, gender, find expression in the very system that is supposed to protect us all, without discrimination”, he will say.

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Starmer: ‘Sheer negligence’ towards the police

Sir Keir will add that the Labor plan would ‘tackle the crime wave that is eating away at our collective sense of security’.

And he will claim the Tories ‘cannot see the Britain they created’.

“Their kids don’t go to the same schools. No one tips on their streets. The threat of violence doesn’t stalk their communities. They don’t see the problems, and so they’re content with the need for solutions, out of touch with realities of modern Britain.

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“They should try walking in your shoes for a day or two.”

In the House of Commons on Wednesday, Sir Keir accused the Government of ‘pure negligence’ in policing following the Met Police’s Casey Review which was published this week.

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The Prime Minister hit back, arguing that Baroness Casey had said the Met’s ‘primary public responsibility rests with the Mayor of London’ and that she called Labour’s Sadiq Khan’s relationship with the force ‘dysfunctional’.

Following the release of the report, Home Secretary Suella Braverman said it was ‘clear’ there had been ‘serious failings’ in the force ‘in leadership and culture’ , but did not accept that austerity contributed to the problem.

“What we’ve seen is an increase in police numbers across England and Wales, and that’s thanks to government funding,” she said. “We have seen millions of books distributed across the police force to reach the frontline to make our streets safer and prevent violent crime.

“It’s good progress to increase resources and make our streets safer.”

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