Boris Johnson says stop and search policy is ‘kind and loving’
Boris Johnson has defended plans to extend stop-and-search powers to police forces, arguing that politics is a “friendly and loving” way of dealing with the issue of knife crime.
The human rights organization Liberty has warned that new proposals to fight crime, which include removing borders to stop and search, will “put an end to discrimination in Britain and divide society”.
Meanwhile, Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer has criticized the prime minister’s promise to give victims of crime a named officer to contact their case as a “ridiculous gimmick”.
It came when the chairman of the Metropolitan Police Federation said officers had been left angry, demoralized and let down by the government’s decision to freeze their salaries.
“We can not continue like this … this is the beginning of a campaign where we have to face the public, how badly we are being treated,” Ken Marsh told reporters on Tuesday.
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Rory SullivanJuly 27, 2021 7:43 AM
Government campaigns on crime can do ‘more harm than good’, warn campaigns
The government’s plan to expand carpet stops and search powers will be “ineffective”, campaigns have warned.
While ministers say the policy will “give the police the power to take more knives out of the street”, the results of a pilot scheme that started in 2019 have not been made public.
This was stated by Nina Champion, Director of the Criminal Justice Alliance (CJA) The independent: “The government must focus on tackling the root causes of violent crime rather than expanding a power that does more harm than good.”
Our Home Affairs Correspondent Lizzie Dearden reports:
Rory SullivanJuly 27, 2021 7:51 AM
An extra £ 82m a year is needed to tackle sleep deprivation, the report suggests
A new report has suggested the government needs an additional £ 82 million each year to tackle homelessness.
The Kerslake Commission on Homelessness and Rough Sleeping says the government should maintain increased funding seen during the pandemic through the Everybody In scheme.
Lord Bob Kerslake, the former chief of staff who chaired the independent panel, said it was a “crucial moment”.
He added: “If we fail to learn all of In’s experience, all signs of the Commission’s work are that the situation will get worse, not better, and homelessness and gross sleep will increase.
“It would be a huge lost opportunity for the government to fulfill its gross sleeping obligation and a personal tragedy for those affected.
Rory SullivanJuly 27, 2021 08:10
Extending stop and search powers ‘not the long-term solution’, says police minister
The government’s plan to extend stop and search powers is “not the long-term solution”, the police minister has said.
Speaking further Sky News, Kit Malthouse defended Boris Johnson’s new proposal, saying it could stop potential killers.
Addressing critics of the policy, he added: “I would say look at the numbers, especially in a place like London, and tell us what the tactics should be instead. There is long-term work, I agree, that is not the long-term solution. But in the short term, it can have a big impact on suppressing knife crime. ”
Rory SullivanJuly 27, 2021 08:25
The home office ‘fails’ the Windrush generation again, warns MPs
The Home Office “seems to be failing” the Windrush generation again through its complex and ineffective compensation scheme, MPs have warned.
As of June, only 417 of the 2,367 claims filed had been paid in full two years after the process began.
In a report, the Accounting Committee said: “The home office promised to learn from the Windrush scandal, but after failing the Windrush generation once, it seems to be failing them again.”
Meg Hillier, Labor MP who chairs the committee, said: “Let us not forget the extent of the clock that the Home Office has promised right here.
“The life of this country was discounted, people’s homes, families and livelihoods were cut off and rooted, some were forced out of the country.”
“Far from learning and applying lessons as promised, the Windrush compensation scheme is burdened with the same problems that led to the initial terrible mistakes,” she added.
Rory SullivanJuly 27, 2021 08:43
Starmer calls the government’s crime plan a ‘ridiculous gimmick’
The government has promised to give any crime victim a named police officer as their point of contact, a proposal Keir Starmer has branded as a “ridiculous gimmick”.
The Labor leader told LBC on Monday that there are too many cases for the scheme to be viable. “This is once again a gimmick from the Prime Minister – he loves soundbites, he loves slogans, he loves gimmicks.”
“This does not work … if it will make things worse, because the individual officers work in shifts, they do investigations, they are at work. It will actually lower things. It’s a poorly thought out gimmick, ”he added.
Rory SullivanJuly 27, 2021 9:03 AM
Labor has accused the government of laundering old policies in its “beating crime plan”.
Here is Matt Mathers with a summary of today’s top policy stories:
Rory Sullivan27 July 2021 09:23
PM comes out of self-insulation
Boris Johnson has completed his time in self-isolation.
The Prime Minister was in Checkers – his village – when he found out that Sajid Javid had tested positive for Covid-19 earlier this month.
Initially, he and Rishi Sunak, who had both been in close contact with the health secretary, would not isolate themselves instead of saying they were participating in a pilot scheme involving daily testing.
No 10, however, quickly announced a turnaround after a strong setback.
Rory SullivanJuly 27, 2021 9:34 AM
Stories are ‘soft on crime’, says Labor frontbencher
The stories are “soft on crime and its causes,” the shadow home secretary has said.
The comments from Nick Thomas-Symonds come after the announcement of the government’s strategy to “beat crime”.
“A prime minister who promises to start taking crime seriously 11 years in a Tory government is an insult – they have cut thousands of officers,” Labor added front benches.
Rory SullivanJuly 27, 2021 9:55 AM
Labor promises to provide gig-economy sick pay
Labor has promised to make gig-economy workers eligible for statutory sick pay if they come to power.
The party’s “new agreement for working people” would help another 6.1 million people obtain justice.
Andy McDonald MP, shadow employment rights secretary, said: “Millions of workers are in precarious low-wage employment and few rights and protection, especially key workers whose efforts got the country through the pandemic.”
“We need a new agreement for working people. Labor would ensure that all work outweighs the flexibility that workers want with the security they deserve, ”he added.
Rory SullivanJuly 27, 2021 10:15 AM