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Labour will vote against new laws to increase jail sentences for sex offenders


LABOUR will vote against new laws to increase jail terms for sex offenders.

The shock move has sparked accusations Sir Keir Starmer is going soft on crime.

Kay’s Law was named after Kay Richardson who was killed by her husband after accusing him of rape

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Kay’s Law was named after Kay Richardson who was killed by her husband after accusing him of rape

But Labour’s leader hit back by accusing the Government of woefully failing to do enough to protect women in the Bill.

The row comes amid fears on safety for women after Sarah Everard’s killing.

The Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill will stop serious sexual and violent offenders doing only half the sentence.

Instead, they will have to serve at least two-thirds.

It would also give victims of domestic abuse greater protection, forcing officers to bring in tougher bail conditions.

It is known as Kay’s Law, after Kay Richardson, 49, killed in 2018 by husband Alan Martin, 53, after accusing him of rape.

But Sir Keir will order his MPs to vote against the Bill, claiming it is a “complete missed opportunity” to crackdown on violence against women.

Labour will vote against Kay's Law which seeks to protect victims of sexual crime

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Labour will vote against Kay’s Law which seeks to protect victims of sexual crimeCredit: EPA

Tory chair Amanda Milling said: “It is shocking Labour is trying to block tough laws to keep people safe.”

The Bill brings in tougher sentences for those who kill kids and stops criminals still deemed dangerous from being released early.

It will additionally give cops new powers to crackdown on protests that cause serious disruption — while yobs who damage war memorials and statues face up to ten years in jail.

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