Sentencing White Paper

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:40 pm on 16th September 2020.

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Photo of Aaron Bell Aaron Bell Conservative, Newcastle-under-Lyme 12:40 pm, 16th September 2020

I congratulate the Lord Chancellor on this White Paper. The tougher measures within are certainly welcomed by me and will be welcomed by my constituents in Newcastle-under-Lyme, but I also welcome the smarter approach to sentencing. The British people expect the most serious offenders still to face the full force of the law, even if they are under 18, so will he confirm that the White Paper recognises that and will not only change the release point for young offenders committing the most serious offences, but close the gap between sentences for murder for older teenagers—15, 16 and 17-year-olds—and young adults? The gap is significant at the moment, and that needs to change.