The government’s controversial police bill “risks becoming an abusers’ charter”, Labour has warned today.
Shadow home secretary Nick Thomas-Symonds told the House of Commons that the legislation devote more space to defending statues from vandalism than protecting women from street harassment and stalking.
Home secretary Priti Patel said that she shared the anger expressed by many in the wake of Ms Everard’s death over “the danger posed to women by predatory men”.
She rejected as “completely wrong” claims that the bill does nothing for women, pointing to provisions to end the release of those convicted of serious sexual offences after serving half of their sentences.
Ms Patel told the Commons that since she reopened a consultation on tackling violence against women and girls on Friday, an “unprecedented” 78,000 responses have been received.