Nick Thomas-Symonds – 2020 Comments on Sentencing for Assaults on Emergency Workers

The text of the comments made by Nick Thomas-Symonds, the Shadow Home Secretary, on 13 July 2020.

We will look closely at the full details of what the Ministers bring forward. However, if the Government had listened to Labour MPs like Chris Bryant and Holly Lynch in 2018 the principle of a two-year sentence for attacks on frontline workers would already be in place.

Police officers have faced some appalling attacks in recent weeks while going about their work to keep people safe – this is unacceptable and we should do all we can to protect them, including tougher sentences for those who attack them.