crime and justice

Making matters worse

Sally Keeble  |  3 November 2016

Hard-won gains to improve rape conviction rates are under threat Following Ched Evans’ acquittal on rape charges, Labour’s shadow law officers should have been speaking out fast and furious. As Vera Baird argued cogently in the Guardian last month, the case put progress back 30 years. The supreme court’s decision to allow the sexual history of …

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Real-term protection, not real-term cuts

Vera Baird  |  25 October 2016

Now that the latest crime figures, published last week, show both ‘a small but genuine increase in some categories of violent crime’ and an undoubted growth in crime reporting, it is ripe to call time on the Tory claim that the police can be cut because they have less to do. The Office for National …

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Labour needs to speak out on Ched Evans case

Sally Keeble  |  19 October 2016

Labour’s shadow law officers should be speaking out fast and furious about the car crash that was Ched Evans’ acquittal on rape charges. As Vera Baird argues cogently in her Guardian article, the case has put back by 30 years the progress in improving the criminal justice system for rape victims. The decision by the …

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Helen’s story needs to resonate in the real world too

Jacqui Smith  |  12 April 2016

I was the member of parliament for Ambridge. For those of you who are not fans of the Archers, I know it is a Radio 4 drama series (can’t bring myself to say ‘soap’) and therefore not real, but nevertheless the village of Inkberrow with its pub called the Bull is widely recognised to be …

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‘Loyal is my brand’

Adam Harrison and Richard Angell  |  11 April 2016

Crime should rise back up the Labour party’s agenda, Andy Burnham tells Richard Angell and Adam Harrison Andy Burnham has just emerged from a meeting at a mosque in Newport, south Wales, when we catch up with him. He has been out on the stump in support of Labour’s police and crime commissioner candidates. But the …

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The ticket and the tribe

David Taylor  |  7 April 2016

Labour PCC candidates can reach out The police and crime commissioner is a hybrid of public service leader and politician. The proclivity to oppose these roles within the Labour party, simply on the grounds that they were born under a Conservative government, is unhealthy and wrong. The devolution agenda was trailblazed by New Labour, and has now eventually been embraced …

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Robbed of power

Vera Baird  |  7 April 2016

Why Labour needs more PCCs Labour police and crime commissioners contributed most of the budget information Andy Burnham used to deter George Osborne from more draconian police cuts in the comprehensive spending review. Our 13 commissioners govern all metropolitan police forces except London. In the past three years in our elected role we have brought …

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Behind Closed Doors – a dose of reality for Labour

Grace Skelton  |  15 March 2016

Last night’s BBC One documentary about domestic violence cases, Behind Closed Doors, was a sharp reminder of the realities faced by too many women in Britain today. One in 12 women in Britain will be a victim of domestic abuse from a partner. Watching the opening scenes of the programme, I naively assumed that Sabrina’s …

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Don’t stand by this Holocaust Memorial Day

Mark Harrison  |  27 January 2016

Between June 1942 and February 1943 a small group of university students in Munich organised a peaceful campaign of resistance against the Nazi regime. Appalled by the Nazi killing of Jewish people and disabled people, and disgusted by the war crimes and atrocities being carried out by the German government, they produced and distributed thousands …

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Courting trouble

Andrew Bettridge  |  11 December 2015

During the summer the Tory government, the so-called party of law and order, announced that it was consulting on plans to shut down 91 courts and tribunals across England and Wales. In the midst of the Labour leadership contest, this consultation was commented on by our shadow justice team, but in truth it went unnoticed …

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