Rape: Criminal Prosecutions Debate

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Tuesday 28th June 2022

(1 year, 9 months ago)

Lords Chamber
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Lord Paddick Portrait Lord Paddick (LD)
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My Lords, it is vital that rape victims have confidence in the police. It is nine months since the conviction of a serving Metropolitan Police officer for rape and murder, four months since it was revealed that officers were joking about raping women in a work WhatsApp group and a few days since another lone female was murdered on the streets of London—and, today, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services placed the Metropolitan Police in special measures. Why has the Home Secretary not appointed a new commissioner to help to restore women’s trust and confidence in the police?

Lord Bellamy Portrait Lord Bellamy (Con)
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I entirely understand the noble Lord’s point. This is a matter for the Home Secretary.