Dominic Raab today vowed to tear up human rights laws allowing foreign violent domestic abusers to escape deportation as he said women’s safety was his ‘number one priority’
The new Justice Secretary lashed out at people ‘abusing’ the Human Rights Act to claim a right to a family life, even after being convicted of sickening treatment of a partner.
Speaking at the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester the former foreign secretary said the public wanted foreign criminals sent back to their native lands.
‘Too often they see dangerous criminals abusing human rights laws,’ he said.
‘In one case, a drug dealer convicted of beating his ex-partner, a man who hadn’t paid maintenance for his daughter, then successfully claimed the right to family life to avoid deportation.
‘Conference, it is absolutely perverse that someone guilty of domestic abuse could claim the right to family life to trump the public’s interest in deporting him from this country. We’ve got to bring this nonsense to an end.’
The new Justice Secretary lashed out at people ‘abusing’ the system to claim a right to a family life, even after being convicted of sickening treatment of a partner.
He also referenced the murder of Sarah Everard – by a serving police officer – in London as he pledged to make women safe on the streets at night.
Speaking about tackling violence against women and girls, Mr Raab said he was ‘shocked and horrified by the harrowing murders of Sarah Everard and Sabina Nessa’.
He said: ‘Making our communities safer, so that women can walk home at night without having to look over their shoulder, as your Justice Secretary, that is my number one priority. We will transform the way the justice system treats violence against women.’
Hundreds of police officers will be added to London’s streets over the next six months in a bid to make women and girls feel safer, the Metropolitan Police has said.
The force has announced an additional 650 officers will be put in place across the capital, with 500 officers being based permanently in busy neighbourhoods and 150 joining London wards as ‘Bobbies on the beat’.
The Met said the addition of the new officers – a combination of new staff as part of the Government’s national recruitment drive and redeployed personnel – was part of a drive to cut down on violent crime, including domestic abuse and violence against women and girls, after the murder of Sarah Everard by police officer Wayne Couzens.
The armed officer used his police issue handcuffs and warrant card to stage the fake arrest of the 33-year-old before he raped and murdered her.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson had earlier spoken about his plan to make women and young girls feel safer across the UK.
He told the BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: ‘You’ve got to make the streets safer. We’re putting more police out on the streets and we’ve recruited about 10,000 of the 20,000 that I promised at the election.
‘We are putting (in) more CCTV, better street lighting. But what you’ve got to do is address the underlying frustration of millions of women, and millions of people across the country, at the slowness of the criminal justice system and the inadequacy of the cruel justice system in dealing with crimes of rape and domestic violence and sexual violence.’
Prime Minister Boris Johnson had earlier spoken about his plan to make women and young girls feel safer across the UK
When asked by presenter Nick Robinson whether it is time to put ‘more money’ into justice, Mr Johnson said: ‘We’re putting money into every part of the UK public services and the problem is not just a question of money, but what we’re putting money in.
‘The problem is not just to do with money, it’s to do with the way we handle the evidence, and as you know the difficulties that are presented by mobile phones, in particular when the defence is able to seize upon this or that piece of data and use it in court, and that’s very complex, but it is no excuse for the delays and the frustration that women are experiencing, and we need to fix it.’
Shadow justice secretary David Lammy said: ‘After 11 years of Tory Government, court backlogs have reached record levels, violence and self-harm in prisons have soared, rape convictions have plummeted, and many women have lost confidence in the criminal justice system.
‘Yet instead of addressing any of these problems, the new Justice Secretary chose to focus on vague threats to take away ordinary people’s rights.
‘The only thing Dominic Raab has demonstrated today is that the Conservatives have no plans whatsoever to fix the crisis they’ve created in the criminal justice system.’
Source: Daily Mail UK