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Sunak said he wants more people in prison to make the streets safer for women

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Rishi Sunak has pledged to crack down on violent crime and put more people behind bars to make the streets safer for women and girls. He said his decision to tackle violent crime was spurred on by the tragic death of Olivia Pratt-Korbel, nine, in Liverpool in August.  The Prime Minister admitted, as a man, he had taken personal safety when out and about “for granted”. He said the vulnerability of women and girls was “brought home” when his 11-year-old daughter said she wanted to start walking to primary school on her own. Mr Sunak vowed to curb crime so that “my kids and everyone else can walk around safely”

Speaking to reporters during his recent trip to Indonesia, he said: “We should charge more people and reduce crime and have them in jail.”

Combating crime is “personally quite important to me,” Mr Sunak said.“I come to it as a parent. I have two young girls”.

Speaking about his eldest daughter’s wishes to walk to school alone, the PM added: “That brings it home. It brings it home to you as a parent and again over the summer the awful things that we read about with the young girl Olivia (Pratt-Korbel), which we’ll all remember.

“I want to make sure that my kids and everyone else can walk around safely.

“That’s what any parent wants for their children. It’s what anyone wants for their – particularly their wife or their sister as well – because that hasn’t been something that in the past – well in the past I’ve taken it for granted, and many of us as men have.

“The events of the last year showed us that so many women and girls actually for a while have not felt as safe as they should”. But responding to his comments, Labour MP Lucy Powell said women need action, not “lip service” to make them feel safer in their day-to-day lives. 

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“That’s what any parent wants for their children.

“It’s what anyone wants for their – particularly their wife or their sister as well – because that hasn’t been something that in the past – well in the past I’ve taken it for granted, and many of us as men have.

“The events of the last year showed us that so many women and girls actually for a while have not felt as safe as they should”.

But responding to his comments, Labour MP Lucy Powell said women need action, not “lip service” to make them feel safer in their day-to-day lives. 

Sunak said “catching more criminals” will help keep crime down. 

He said: “Probably a logical consequence, catching more criminals is going to be part of that, which is why we’re building 10,000 more prison places over the next few years. 

“We’re doing that to make sure that we have prison capacity for that.

“I looked at this as chancellor – if you put more police officers on the street and you tackle more crime, you’re going to end up with more people in jail.”



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