There was a statement in Parliament on rape offences earlier this week. The Justice Secretary expressed sorrow at the news that in only 1.6% of rape cases is someone charged. He then toured TV studios saying it was nothing to do with him and objecting to criticism from Labour. The Ministry of Justice budget includesContinue reading Rape cases hurt by cuts
I recently received an email from an irate constituent. His car, parked outside his home, was damaged in an attempted theft. Fortunately, a neighbour witnessed the incident and managed to note the registration of the getaway vehicle. Three days later, the police hadn’t given any indication they intended to pursue the matter. They hadn’t evenContinue reading Police must hear priorities of the public
I SEE that former Post Office boss, Paula Vennells, has stepped down from Morrisons and Dunelm following the Court of Appeal decision to overturn the convictions of 39 sub-postmasters, taking the total to 51 quashed convictions with a further 22 under review and others pending in Scotland. More than 700 people have been prosecuted forContinue reading Put right the suffering of those sent to prison
Many people have contacted me in response to events over the weekend and I share your shock and concern about the pictures I have seen of police action in Clapham at the vigil in memory of Sarah Everard. I am also extremely conscious of the need for significant improvements in the judicial response to violenceContinue reading Police, Crime, sentencing and courts bill
Our justice system is the latest place for coronavirus to rear its ugly head. There’s now a backlog of 54,000 cases at Crown Courts and it could be four years before those accused of crimes such as rape, violent assault and robbery come to trial. That’s a long time, ‘justice delayed is justice denied’ asContinue reading Courts crisis: What are the contingency plans?
As New Year progresses, the struggle continues with much focus now on the vaccine roll out, but there’s also growing concern about the enforcement of lockdown arrangements. Two women were fined by Derbyshire Police, later rescinded, after a story appeared about them driving five miles to walk around a reservoir while carrying hot drinks. ThereContinue reading Officers at receiving end of trying to police lockdown
A certain PM once argued we should be tough on crime and tough on the causes of crime. We are currently losing that battle while being encouraged to believe that it’s all too hard and involves difficult choices. I was surprised, while taking part in a recent research interview, to be asked what was moreContinue reading Realistic rehabilitation for offenders is a must
Local MP for Birmingham Selly Oak, Steve McCabe has signed up to support the British Retail Consortium’s (BRC) Shopworkers’ Protection Pledge, vowing to stand with retail staff and support legislation to better protect shopworkers from violence and abuse. Violence and abuse of shopworkers remains a serious concern in Birmingham Selly Oak. Recognising the serious impactContinue reading Steve McCabe MP pledges to combat retail violence and protect retail staff
Speaking in the debate on the Police Grant Report on Monday 24th February, Steve McCabe told the Minister about the devastating impact of their cuts to policing and the poor response to fraud and retail crime. While Steve welcomes the news of an increase in funding for Police Services, he has concerns about the short fall that remains.
Watch Steve discuss the Report in Parliament here
Steve McCabe MP tells the House of Commons “We have a Prime Minister and a Government that seems to revel in creating injustice and cares about those rights which only benefit its own. That’s why the Queen’s Speech was wrong, it was a phoney and it was a fraud.”
Watch Steve’s full speech in the Queens Speech Debate here
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