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Crime and Neighbourhood Policing (31 Jan 2023)

Yvette Cooper: The hon. Member is completely right. We have seen changing patterns of crime as criminals make the most of new technology, and the problem is that the police have not been equipped to keep up. That, ultimately, is the responsibility of the Government, so it is no use Ministers or Conservative Back Benchers blaming the police for the situation that the Home Office has put our police forces in...

Crime and Neighbourhood Policing (31 Jan 2023)

Yvette Cooper: My hon. Friend is right that what has happened on serious violent crime is among the most troubling. Since 2015 there has been a huge increase in knife crime and serious violence, and we have seen some criminal gangs change their model to be able to groom more children and draw young people into crime and, as a result, into violence. It is our young people who we see paying the price for the...

Crime and Neighbourhood Policing (31 Jan 2023)

Yvette Cooper: The Welsh Government already do take a different approach in a significant way: the Welsh Government have worked with police and crime commissioners in Wales to support and fund additional PCSOs, and that has made a difference in terms of neighbourhood policing on Welsh streets. The Government have tabled an amendment to our motion so that they can vote against Labour’s plan to increase...

Crime and Neighbourhood Policing (31 Jan 2023)

Yvette Cooper: My hon. Friend makes an important point. Right across the country, over the last 13 years, police forces have closed police stations. Some of them are now houses in multiple occupation with problems with antisocial behaviour—you could not make it up! That is a result of decisions that Conservative Ministers have made. It is good to see the Home Secretary here today, because we do not see...

Crime and Neighbourhood Policing (31 Jan 2023)

Yvette Cooper: It did not work, did it? No. That much-vaunted policy that they announced a year ago has ended up with record high levels of dangerous boat crossings. The DLUHC Secretary is also deciding on the Prevent review and running Homes for Ukraine, while the Education Secretary, the Work and Pensions Secretary and the Treasury have taken over deciding legal migration policy and have cancelled the...

Crime and Neighbourhood Policing (31 Jan 2023)

Yvette Cooper: My hon. Friend makes an important point because more criminals are getting off under the Tories. As a result of 13 years of Conservative Governments, criminals are not paying the price. About 7,000 people will be the victim of theft today. Of those thefts, just over 4,000 will be reported to the police, but only 180 will face court. For thousands more victims, there will be no justice. The...

Crime and Neighbourhood Policing (31 Jan 2023)

Yvette Cooper: My hon. Friend is absolutely right: where is the victims Bill? Where is the opportunity to provide proper support for victims of crime, not just of domestic abuse and sexual violence, but more widely? They need support but, too often, the Government have turned their back on them and they have been badly let down. Where, too, is the action to get specialist rape investigation units in all our...

Crime and Neighbourhood Policing (31 Jan 2023)

Yvette Cooper: I will give way to the Minister, if he can defend his Government’s decision not to make specialist rape investigation units mandatory and not to vote for minimum sentences in rape cases.

Crime and Neighbourhood Policing (31 Jan 2023)

Yvette Cooper: indicated dissent.

Crime and Neighbourhood Policing (31 Jan 2023)

Yvette Cooper: The Labour party voted for minimum sentences for rape—to increase sentencing for rape. It does not matter what the sentencing powers are, however, if nobody is being prosecuted and sentenced in the first place; the number of people who are being prosecuted and sentenced has plummeted. Victims are not getting justice and record numbers of victims are giving up on the criminal justice system,...

Crime and Neighbourhood Policing (31 Jan 2023)

Yvette Cooper: Thank you, Mr Deputy Speaker. If the hon. Member for Southend West (Anna Firth) does not see a connection between establishing respect in our communities for the rule of law and the rules and a sense of enforcement, and the behaviour of Government Ministers, including fixed penalty notices and law breaking by the Prime Minister, then she reflects the same problem. There is a culture across...

Crime and Neighbourhood Policing (31 Jan 2023)

Yvette Cooper: With respect for the rules and the rule of law, Mr Deputy Speaker, I turn to the need for a new approach, because this situation is not fair for our communities. The collapse in neighbourhood policing and in justice for victims is not just making people feel less safe, but undermining our town centres and local economies, as well as undermining respect for the rule of law and the crucial...

Crime and Neighbourhood Policing (31 Jan 2023)

Yvette Cooper: The hon. Member is exactly right. It is having police officers and PCSOs rooted in communities, who know their communities and can also respond to communities and community concerns, that helps to gather intelligence about offenders and perpetrators, helps to prevent crime in the first place and helps to build trust so that people feel more confident about reporting to the police. I agree...

Crime and Neighbourhood Policing (31 Jan 2023)

Yvette Cooper: I do agree that that is what should happen here, and at the moment it is not happening. At the moment, we still have 6,000 fewer police officers and 8,000 fewer PCSOs, with rumours that PCSOs may face further cuts over the next 12 months, just at a time when we should be supporting and working with communities, instead of fearing that things may actually be going further backwards. That is...

Crime and Neighbourhood Policing (31 Jan 2023)

Yvette Cooper: I do agree that the police need to have the powers to tackle serious abuse, antisocial behaviour and problems in our town centres. At the moment, there are not police officers there; too often, they are not on patrol and they are not there. I would just gently remind the hon. Member that it was his Government and Conservative MPs who all voted to cut antisocial behaviour powers, leaving...

Crime and Neighbourhood Policing (31 Jan 2023)

Yvette Cooper: My hon. Friend is right, and these are also the kinds of crimes—for example, homophobic assaults or racist threats—that can be hugely damaging, and these serious crimes also undermine community cohesion. It is really important that the police are able to respond and have the neighbourhood officers to do so, and also that they do the work on prevention—including, frankly, in our national...

Written Answers — Home Office: Human Trafficking: English Channel (26 Jan 2023)

Yvette Cooper: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Joint Investigation Teams are currently in place to investigate people smuggling across the Channel by organised crime groups.

Written Answers — Home Office: Human Trafficking: English Channel (26 Jan 2023)

Yvette Cooper: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many joint investigations have been opened into people smuggling by organised crime groups in (a) the past 12 months and (b) each of the past five years.

Written Answers — Home Office: Human Trafficking: English Channel (26 Jan 2023)

Yvette Cooper: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many National Crime Agency staff are currently in roles tasked primarily with the disruption of (a) organised immigration crime and (b) people smuggling across the English Channel.

Written Answers — Home Office: Human Trafficking: English Channel (26 Jan 2023)

Yvette Cooper: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many National Crime Agency staff are posted to (a) Belgium (b) Germany and (c) Netherlands.


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