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Rape Trials: Treatment of Victims

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 11:14 am on 15th May 2019.

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Photo of Harriet Harman Harriet Harman Chair, Human Rights (Joint Committee) 11:14 am, 15th May 2019

I join the Minister in thanking Robert Halfon for bringing this case forward. I am sure that he will have given his constituent enormous moral support and made her feel that, after a traumatic offence has been committed against her and she feels that the criminal justice system has failed her, she has at least had his full support as he has brought her case to the House. The points arising from her case are so important.

I warmly congratulate the Minister, who I am delighted to see in her new post as Solicitor General. She will take all of these issues forward. I know that her appointment, as well as her support for those in the criminal justice system who want and strive to improve it—particularly in the Crown Prosecution Service—will be welcomed. For my part, I will certainly do everything that I can to help her work.