Boris Cracks Down on Criminals

AS if Boris wasn’t already showing his tough stance on crime already, he today hosted a crime summit in Downing Street.

Whilst opposition leaders plot even more ways to overthrow democracy, Mr Johnson hosted leaders from the police, probation and prison sectors.

Ahead of the meeting Mr Johnson told TBG: “We have all seen examples of rapists and murderers let out too soon or people offending again as soon as they're released.”

"This ends now. We want them caught, locked up, punished and properly rehabilitated."

Tory MP Lucy Allan has previously raised her concerns with the Justice Minister and former Prime Minister about automatic early release for serious sexual offences. This followed the early release of former leader of a child sexual exploitation gang, Mubarek Ali.

Ali was sentenced to 22 years in prison in 2013, following a lengthy police operation. He was entitled to automatic early release on licence in November 2017, less than five years later. He was recalled to prison shortly after for breaching his licence terms.

Telford MP Allan said: “This announcement is hugely welcome. It shows the Prime Minister’s commitment to strengthening sentencing rules, giving victims and the public greater confidence in the justice system.

“It is wrong that offenders convicted of heinous crimes, such as Mubarek Ali, can automatically receive a reduced sentence, without even needing to go before a parole board. The Ali case made a mockery of our justice system. It undermined trust and confidence and was an insult to victims. I am so pleased to have had the platform to raise this issue in Parliament and to call for a change in the law.

“It is so welcome that the Prime Minister is listening to the concerns raised and is taking prompt action.”

Tory MP Alan Mak was delighted and told TBG: "I had the privilege of spending a day on the frontline with local police officers in the Havant constituency, seeing first-hand the work they do to keep our residents safe. It was part of the Give A Day To Policing campaign that aims to get more politicians to meet with police and understand the challenges they face.

"Having already helped secure an extra £25m for Hampshire police, I’ll continue to lobby hard in Westminster to ensure that we can give the police the best possible resources.

"The new Prime Minister has already announced there will be an extra 20,000 police officers hired and I’m writing to the Home Secretary, making the case that Hampshire should receive a fair share of the new officers."