December 5, 2019
Labour’s policy to scrap prison sentences of under six months would lead to a surge of offenders on our streets, risking public safety.
A new report from the Conservative Research Department has found that under Corbyn’s Labour, almost 40,000 fewer criminals would have gone to prison last year – this represents almost half of all custodial sentences.
By scrapping short sentences, thousands of criminals whom the public would regard as deserving a prison sentence would no longer face jail, such as those committing knife crime, theft, burglary and drugs offences.
Based on the most recent official data, under Corbyn’s Labour:
In addition, there is evidence to suggest that Labour’s determination to be soft on crime would not end there, and could even be extended to even more serious offenders.
Their top team have repeatedly spoken out against tough prison sentences, perhaps best summed up when Corbyn told the House of Commons that he was against ‘a tough sentencing policy’. He has repeatedly used his position over the years to personally work to try and secure softer sentences for criminals.
With this approach to crime it is unlikely that they would end at the abolition of short sentences if they get into power. Even the most serious criminals could see more lenient punishments under a Corbyn-led government.
Commenting, Robert Buckland, Justice Secretary, said:
“Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour would let tens of thousands or criminals avoid prison. They simply cannot be trusted to govern the country and keep our streets safe.
“A Conservative majority government will keep people safe with 20,000 new police officers, 10,000 more prison places and a new Sentencing Bill. Unlike Labour, we trust our judges and magistrates to use their sentencing powers appropriately, and we will always provide the prison places needed to hold those sentenced by the courts.
“Labour are soft on crime, and would spend the next year on the chaos of another two referendums. Only a vote for Boris Johnson and the Conservatives will get Brexit done and keep our streets safe.”
Commenting, Therese Coffey, Secretary of State for the Department of Work and Pensions, said:
“Corbyn’s Pension Tax will see ten million savers facing a huge bill forcing them to delay their retirement for almost three and a half years.
“This is just one of the ways a Corbyn government would hammer hardworking people on top of his plans to hike up taxes by £2,400 a year, as well as the cost of his plan for unlimited immigration and the chaos of 2020 being dominated by two more referendums – one on Brexit and another on Scottish independence.
“Only Boris Johnson and the Conservative Party can get Brexit done with a deal, get parliament working again and turbocharge our economy to unleash Britain’s potential.”