The Labour leader has slammed the Conservative Party and has accused them of having “wrecked” policing as rapist and burglars can “walk the streets with impunity.”
The Prime Minister was urged by Sir Keir Starmer to accept all the finding from the damning report over the Metropolitan Police.
Baroness Casey’s report found a catalogue or errors in the sex offences unit with evidence being lost which led to a Metropolitan officer saying that the detection rate for rape in so low that “you may as well say it is legal.”
The report also found disgusting evidence of sexism and misogyny within the “toxic” Met Police.
Starmer made reference to Rishi Sunak having given a £50 fixed penalty notice as he was present at one of Boris Johnson’s gatherings during the pandemic.
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The Labour leader said, “The only criminal investigation he’s been involved in is the one that found him guilty of breaking the law.”
He added, “I’ve prosecuted countless rapists and I support tougher sentences, but you have to catch the criminals first and when 98% of rapists are not even being put before the court, that’s a massive failure of Government.”
Sir Keir, concluded during Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQs), “The reality is after 13-years of Tory Government they’ve done nothing on standards, neighbourhood policing has been shattered and burglars and rapists walk the streets with impunity.”
The Prime Minister told MPs in the House of Commons in defence that the government have stepped up efforts to increase rape prosecutions, and accused Labour of being “soft on crime.”
In response to Sunak receiving a fine for breaking the government’s own Covid laws, the Prime Minister said, “I said at the time I respected the decision the police reached and I offered an unreserved apology.
“But, for the avoidance of doubt, at the moment that happened there was a full investigation by a very senior civil servant.
“The findings of which confirmed that I had no advance knowledge about what had been planned having arrived early for a meeting.
“But he doesn’t need me to tell him that, he’s probably spoken to the report’s author much more frequently than I have.”
The Labour leader told Sunak that he accepts the “findings in full” of the Casey report, then asked the Prime Minister, does he?
In response Sunak said, “I was appalled to read the descriptions of the abhorrent cases of officers who have betrayed the public’s trust and abused their powers. And let me be clear, it is and was unacceptable and should never have happened.
“We have taken a series of steps already and the Government will now work with the mayor and the Metropolitan commissioner to ensure that culture, standards and behaviour all improve.
“At the heart of this matter are the people whose lives have been ruined by what has happened – it is imperative that the Met works hard to regain the trust of the people it is privileged to serve.”
Sir Keir responded, “I take it from that answer that the Prime Minister does accept the Casey findings in full, including the institutional failures.”
Sunak told MPs that “since 2019, neighbourhood crime is down by 25%.
“But he asked rightly about what’s happening with rape cases, so let me just tell him that we are on track to meet our target of doubling the number of rape cases that are reaching our courts.”
Sir Keir said, “The Prime Minister stands there and pretends that everything is fine. He is totally out-of-touch.
“He needs to get out of Westminster, get out of Kensington, and I don’t mean to Malibu, to the streets of Britain, go there and tell people it’s all fine and see what reaction he gets.
“The answer he didn’t want to give, although he knows it, is 4% of theft and burglaries are charged – 96% of theft and burglary cases not even going before the courts.
“Burglars are twice as likely to get away with it now than they were a decade ago. They should be ashamed of that record.”
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