The comments made by David Lammy, the Shadow Secretary of State for Justice, on 14 March 2021.
In the 20 schedules, 176 clauses and 296 pages of the Conservatives’ Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill, “women” are not mentioned even once.
This is a missed opportunity to tackle violence against women and girls that has become endemic in the UK.
Under the Conservatives, rape convictions have fallen to an all-time low, delays in the Crown Courts are at an all-time high, and justice is not being served for thousands of women and girls.
After a decade of inaction, the Government must now work with Labour to legislate to tackle violence against women.