Priti Patel asked to TOUGHEN laws on violence against women

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Home Secretary Priti Patel has been faced with pressure to toughen laws on hate and violence against women by increasing the minimum sentences for rapists and stalkers.

Labour said the government should introduce laws to make misogyny a hate crime and introduce a strategy to combat anti-misogyny attitudes.

Shadow justice minister David Lammy said, “In its once in a generation sentencing reform Bill, the government should work with Labour to tackle the crisis of violence against women that is forcing women across the country to live in fear.

“The government should start by increasing sentences for the most serious criminals like stalkers and rapists, while working to drive up the appallingly low levels of convictions for sexual violence and domestic abuse,” added him

Labour said it will also oppose a new law giving police greater powers to crack down on protests amid criticisms at how officers dispersed a vigil for Sarah Everard.

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