Shadow home secretary Nick Thomas-Symonds: ‘Violence against women like virus in society’


ritain must “drive back the virus of violence” against women in society, the shadow home secretary will say on Tuesday.

Nick Thomas-Symonds will lay out his plan to bring down serious crime and crackdown on anti-social behaviour if Labour gets into power. “We will act to end the serious violence that is resulting in so many needless deaths in our society,” he was expected to tell activists at the party conference in Brighton.

“It shouldn’t be like this. It’s why we’ve made it our priority to pass new laws to protect women and girls from domestic abuse in their homes, the appalling harassment, intimidation and violence they face on our streets.”

Mr Thomas-Symonds is returning to the “tough on crime, tough on the causes of crime” approach deployed by Tony Blair in an attempt to position the party as being harsher on criminals than the Conservatives.

He will promise to recruit thousands more special constables and roll out police hubs, which will be placed in accessible areas so communities have access to officers to discuss local problems and fears.

Mr Thomas-Symonds was set to refer to the deaths of women who have recently been killed, including Sabina Nessa, as a reason for the urgent need of a crackdown on violent crime.

The body of the primary school teacher, 28, was found in a park close to her home in Kidbrooke, south-east London on Friday September 17.

“Only in recent days we have seen the awful death of Sabina Nessa as she was walking to a pub,” Mr Thomas-Symonds said.

“As a country, we have come together during the pandemic to drive back the virus. Now, let us use that same sense of togetherness and use it to drive back the virus of violence in our society.”


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