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Stronger rights for victims of anti-social behaviour are needed says City MP as huge increase in number of people affected over past decade revealed

Stephen Morgan MP has welcomed demands for stronger rights for victims of anti-social behaviour as analysis reveals a huge increase in number of people affected over the past decade

New analysis by Labour reveals that two fifths of Crime Survey (CSEW) respondents said they had experienced anti-social behaviour (ASB) in their local area in the past year – the highest since questions on ASB were included in the CSEW.

This is equivalent to 19m people experiencing some form of ASB in 2019-20, up by 1m in a year and 5.5m more than 2011-12.

Every area in England and Wales has seen an increase in the number of people experiencing ASB over the past five years.

Stephen Morgan MP, Member of Parliament for Portsmouth South, added:

“We are living through a victims crisis. Over a quarter of all crimes aren’t being prosecuted because victims are dropping out of the process entirely. That means that 1 million victims every year are being failed by the very system designed to protect them. 

I know from my postbag the impact anti-social behaviour is having on our communities. That is why I continue to take action to tackle the issues we face in Portsmouth working alongside the police and other agencies. But it is vital that Government plays their part too and ensures fairer funding for Hampshire Constabulary and delivers investment in preventative services in our city.

 I welcome Labour’s Victims Law that’s ready to go to help those affected by anti-social behaviour.

It makes victims unignorable in a system that increasingly overlooks their needs. Now it’s up to the Government to put politics aside and implement it without delay.” 

Nick Thomas-Symonds MP, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary, said:

“The shocking rise in the number of people experiencing anti-social behaviour is a huge cause of concern for families and communities across the country.

“People deserve to feel safe and secure in their neighbourhoods and town centres, but under the Conservatives police numbers have been slashed, violent crime has risen to record levels, and anti-social behaviour has been left unchecked.

“Labour will work to put more police on our streets and would act where the Conservatives have failed and introduce a new Victims’ Law that would give victims of anti-social behaviour the same rights as victims of crimes.”

 

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City MP welcomes launch of ‘Operation Nautical’ to ensure a safe summer

Portsmouth South’s Stephen Morgan MP has welcomed the launch of a dedicated policing response to keep communities safe along Southsea seafront and neighbouring areas in Portsmouth this summer.

‘Operation Nautical’ will see officers working alongside a number of other agencies across the city and increasing patrols in areas where there is the potential for higher rates of anti-social behaviour as the weather gets warmer and government restrictions begin to ease.

Welcoming the initiative ahead of warmer weather, Stephen Morgan MP said:

“I know from my postbag the impact anti-social behaviour has on the lives of constituents and I am pleased the police and partners are listening to concerns I have raised on the need for a proactive, joined-up response.

In liaison with the District Commander, and other agencies, I am pleased this initiative is being launched now to help prevent the problems we have seen year on year at the Hotwalls, Southsea Commons and at other locations in our city’s green and open spaces.

I will be following this initiative closely and will continue to call on the police and council to do all they can to make sure our communities stay safe this summer”.

Police in Portsmouth will work alongside Hampshire’s Marine Unit, Motiv8, Active Communities Network, Portsmouth City Council wardens, Ministry of Defence police, Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service, street pastors in the city, local councillors, businesses and our local residents on a joined up response to a safe return to socialising outdoors.

Operation Nautical will cover the seafront from Old Portsmouth to Eastney, as well as parks within the city and Southsea Common. Neighbourhood policing teams will be upping patrols in these areas, engaging with members of the public to ensure everyone is staying safe over the summer period.

This weekend the Portsmouth South MP will be going out on patrol with Street Pastors as the new Operation comes into force to see how the initiative is working on the ground.

Portsmouth South Inspector, Louise Tester, added:

“With the weather warming up and the government’s current road map out of lockdown allowing for increased outdoor interaction, we know we will see higher footfall in our popular outdoor spaces, including Southsea seafront and the common.

“We want our communities to feel safe as they begin to venture out more often and we are pleased that Operation Nautical will help to give people that reassurance.

“We will have dedicated resources patrolling these summer hot spots each day, offering reassurance to our communities and deterring anti-social behaviour.

“It’s been a long time since we’ve all been able to meet with small groups of friends and family outdoors, and this will no doubt provide a welcome boost to many of us after what has been a very long and difficult winter.

“While we want people to enjoy being able to gather with friends and family again, we ask them to do it safely while abiding by the regulations and remembering the rule of six or the two household rule when meeting outdoors.

“Our officers will continue to engage, explain and encourage in the first instance, however enforcement action will be taken for blatant or repeated regulation breaches.”

“We urge the public to stay safe and continue treating each other with respect and patience as we move through the roadmap as laid out by the government.”

If you have any concerns regarding any crime in these areas over the summer, do speak to one of the patrolling officers or call 101.

 

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Portsmouth MP blasts Home Secretary for cuts to local police funding

Stephen Morgan MP has written to the Home Secretary today on how residents in Portsmouth would continue to receive the same level of service from local police after cuts to local budgets.

The Portsmouth MP criticised the Home Secretary for failing to address the £21.9m real-terms hole in funding in Hampshire Constabulary’s finances, despite recent increases.

Meanwhile, Portsmouth currently has the lowest number of police officers per 100,000 than any other police service in the country, prompting fears as to how the same level of local service and crime prevention can be delivered.

It comes as the Chief Constable recently told the Police and Crime Panel underfunding means responses had to be ‘rationed’, suggesting some services may have to be dropped to meet other priorities.

The Member of Parliament for Portsmouth South, Stephen Morgan, said,

“Our local police service has for too long faced cuts by successive Tory governments, which has led to a serious impact on police numbers in Portsmouth.

“It is completely unacceptable in a densely populated area like ours to have the lowest number of police officers per 100,000 in the country.

“This is far from the ‘levelling-up’ agenda the government promised, and it is clear from my postbag that cuts are causing consequences in communities across Portsmouth.

“I will continue to pile on the pressure on Government to properly fund policing in Portsmouth and ensure a fairer funding deal for Hampshire Constabulary.”

Mr Morgan has consistently taken action over the consequences of the lack of fair funding for the local police force, voting in favour of a motion in the House of Commons that would have seen an increase in the number of police officers and the restoration of neighbourhood policing teams in Hampshire.

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Stephen Morgan MP: Why I am voting against the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill

The tragic death of Sarah Everard has instigated a national demand for action to tackle violence against women.

Women should be able to feel safe they leave their home. But men’s behaviour towards women continues to stop that from being a reality. Sarah Everard’s case and the spike in domestic abuse cases this past year have shown a turning point is desperately needed.

The last thing the government should be doing is rushing through poorly thought-out measures to impose disproportionate controls on free expression and the right to protest.

The Bill includes a new criminal offence to tackle “unauthorised encampments” targeting traveller communities, new laws to break up protests if they merely cause ‘serious annoyance’, as well as the frankly backward provision that increases the penalty of damaging a statue to 10 years, but meanwhile the current minimum sentence for rape only being five years.

Now is the time to unite the country and put in place on long overdue protections for women against unacceptable violence, including action against domestic homicides, rape and street harassment – as well as tackling the misogynistic attitudes that underpin the abuse women face.

Instead, the government has brought forward a Bill that is seeking to divide the country. It is a mess, which could lead to harsher penalties for damaging a statue than for attacking a woman.

That is why I will be voting against the Bill.

Labour is calling on the government to drop its poorly thought-out proposals and instead work across party to legislate to tackle violence against women which is forcing so many across the country to live in fear.

We will also look to work with the government to deliver the important areas that have long been promised, like tougher sentences for attacks on frontline workers and increased sentences for terrorists.

Stephen Morgan MP

 

Information on the Bill and Labour’s perspective:

Tackling violence against women

  • 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.
  • Rather than using legislation to try and divide the country, the government should seek to unify people against this endemic violence.
  • They should start by increasing minimum 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.
  • Labour has outlined a package of measures that it argues should be included in the “once in a generation” chance for sweeping reforms to sentencing and protections for women and girls. The measures Labour proposes include increasing the minimum sentences for rapists and stalkers, creating a new street harassment law, introducing a Whole Life Tariff for anyone found guilty of abduction and sexual assault and murder of a stranger, announcing a Review to toughen up sentences for domestic murderers and making misogyny a hate crime.
  • Tackling the misogyny that drives this violence and helping to end the intimidation and harassment so many women experience daily is long overdue. Violence against women and girls comes in many forms – from harassment or abuse in workplaces, public spaces and the home, through to serious violence such as rape and homicide. The government should work with Labour to promote campaigns that target and educate perpetrators to change behaviours, highlighting examples of good practice and encouraging reporting by bystanders and third parties.
  • The government could be making these changes in the Police Crime Sentencing and Courts Bill. Now is the time to act.

Creating a new street harassment law:

  • The details will follow in our amendment which we will lay after Second Reading. However, this will be based on the law France introduced in 2018.
  • In France public harassment – including things like catcalling, unwanted sexual attention or degrading comments – can result in an on-the-spot fine (in France this is €750).
  • The law has been successfully implemented in France – within the first year, there were more than 450 fines issued.

On tougher sentences for rape and stalking:

  • The detail of this will follow when Labour lays its amendments after second reading.
  • We want to increase the minimum sentences for rape, which is currently too low at 5 years.
  • We want to increase the minimum sentences for those who have carried the most serious types of stalking and harassment which includes fear of violence and who have carried out their acts with the specific intention of causing maximum fear and distress to their victims.

Isn’t the minimum sentence for rapists is already being extended in the bill?

  • No. The government has outlined measures that would mean those who get discretionary life sentences (not all those convicted of rape) spend longer in jail before becoming eligible for parole and being released on license – it isn’t changing the length of their sentence as such.
  • Labour’s proposal is specific to rape and increases the minimum sentence for anyone found guilty of rape.

On Whole Life Tariff for abduction and sexual assault and murder of a stranger:

  • Labour proposes amending clauses 101/ 102 of the bill to add a Whole Life Tariff for anyone found guilty of “abduction and sexual assault and murder of a stranger”.
  • Someone who abducts, assaults and murders a victim with a certain amount of pre-medication should be eligible for a Whole Life Order.
  • We must properly protect women, be tough on sentencing crimes that disproportionately happen to women.

Domestic Homicide

  • The current approach to sentencing seems to forget the context in which many female victims are killed; in the home with a weapon taken from that location. The minimum tariff in such cases is 15 years whereas it’s 25 if a weapon is brought to the scene of a crime. Similarly, the emphasis placed on the use of ‘weapons’ – an aggravating factor – forgets that in many DA circumstances (taking into account the common differences in strengths between victim and perpetrator) fists or hands for strangulation, are all the weaponry needed. This is symbolic of a systemic problem – that VAWG seems to be seen as less serious than other forms of violence.
  • Labour is calling for an Independent Review to look at increasing sentences for domestic homicide, as well as looking into implementing a Statutory Defence for Domestic Abuse Survivors.

Making misogyny a hate crime

  • Labour proposes adding misogyny to the list of hate crimes, alongside those that are homophobic, biphobic and transphobic, or based on race, disability or religion.
  • Hate crime is criminal behaviour where the perpetrator is motivated by hostility, or demonstrates hostility, towards a characteristic of the victim. It is not the same as ‘free speech’ which requires both parties to be able to equally participate and engage. A hate crime can include verbal abuse, intimidation, threats, harassment, assault and bullying, as well as damage to property.
  • Following an amendment to the Upskirting Bill, the Government instructed the Law Commission to carry out a review of all hate crime, and to consider incorporating misogyny as a new category for hate crime. They note there were 67,000 incidents of hate crime based on sex in 2018 – 57,000 of which were targeted at women. Without recognising the role of misogyny in the experiences of women, our legal and criminal justice system masks the true extent of hostility based on sex.
  • 11 out of 43 police constabularies in England and Wales have made misogyny a hate crime, trialed the policy or are actively considering implementing it.

Police Covenant

  • It has taken the Government nearly three years from inception to putting this onto the statute books – three years when our Police have needed support.
  • In May 2018, the then Home Secretary, Sajid Javid MP, at the Police Federation Annual Conference created a formal Frontline Review to hear from ideas and feedback from frontline policing.
  • In July 2019, a Home Office report outlined that more needed to be done to support police officers and staff. The Home Office subsequently announced a police covenant.
  • In September 2019, the current Home Secretary, announced consultation into the police covenant.
  • The police covenant has finally being introduced into this Bill.
  • It also requires that the Home Secretary make an annual report to Parliament addressing the key issues on physical; protection, health and wellbeing and support for families.

Assaults on Emergency Service Workers – ‘Protect the Protectors’

  • The initial offence on assaults on emergency service workers was spearhead by Chris Bryant MP in his Private Members Bill that received Royal Assent in 2018. He was supportive with his Bill by Holly Lynch MP, who has been a strong advocate of protecting our protectors for several years.
  • The Private Members Bill made assaults on emergency service workers an offence that with a successful conviction would result in a prison sentence up to 12 months or a fine, or both. It also added that these assaults could be used as an aggravating factor when brought together with other offences.
  • Emergency Service workers are defined as constable, PCSO, Police staff, National Crime Agency Officer, prison officer, prison custody officer, custody officer, fire and rescue service, those that provide search and rescue services, those that provide NHS services.
  • This Private Members Bill had support from across the House. During the passage of the Bill it was argued by Labour’s Chris Bryant and Holly Lynch that the sentence should be 2 years rather than 12 months.
  • The Conservative Government Minister, Rory Stewart, stated that:

“Let me say that one issue about increasing the sentence to 24 months is that we would, in effect, be saying that somebody who assaults an emergency worker or police officer receives not twice but four times the maximum sentence that would be received were the attack to be on an “ordinary” victim. Is there not a question of proportionality in terms of the relationship between the equality of citizens in general and their right to be protected as victims, and the special status of a uniformed officer, if it is suggested that an increment of four is better than that of two?”

  • However, two years after this Bill received Royal Assent the Conservative Government decided that a consultation was needed to increase the maximum sentence to 2 years, something that had been argued and supported by Labour.

The Lammy Review

The Lammy Review (2017) set out 35 recommendations to address racial disproportionality in the criminal justice system. Since then, the government has adopted a handful of the recommendations in full, as well as implementing some other recommendations in part. The Labour party is calling for the government to implement the Lammy Review in full – and go further – to address the disproportionality that runs across the criminal justice system. In the PCSC Bill, the government addresses some issues highlighted in the Lammy Review.

While these modest reforms are welcome, the Labour party thinks the government must go significantly further by implementing the Lammy Review in full. Meanwhile on many other of its measures the PCSC Bill will make disproportionality significantly worse.

The pilot of problem-solving courts

  • Problem solving courts consider alternatives to prison sentences, by using the complaints process as an opportunity to fix problems, not simply make judgements about wrong-doing. The Lammy Review discussed the importance of a ‘problem-solving’ approach in courts as well as prisons. For example, an investigation may conclude that the complainant had had property stolen, but not due to prejudice. A problem-solving approach would not just deliver a verdict, but ensure that the property is returned swiftly and make recommendations about how to avoid a repeat of the problem in the future. A simple way of encouraging this approach would be for all complainants to state what they want to happen as a result of the investigation. Labour welcomes the government’s pilot of problem-solving courts.

Reform of the criminal records disclosure regime

  • The disclosure of criminal records plays an important part in protecting the public, particularly children and vulnerable adults. However, the disclosure regime must balance the need to protect the public while promoting offender rehabilitation and respecting an individual’s right to privacy.
  • The Lammy Review recommended reform of the criminal records regime. Given the disproportionality of the outcomes of the criminal justice system, criminal records have a disproportionate impact on Black, Asian, and ethnic minority people’s future employment. The PCSC Bill proposes limited criminal records/DBS reform, by reducing disclosure periods of certain offences. Labour welcomes these measures, however calls for the government to go further, by introducing a system whereby criminal records can be sealed from employers.
  • The final report of the Lammy Review, published in 2017, recommended that “individuals should be able to have their case heard by a judge or a body like the Parole Board, which would then decide to seal their record”. The report also recommended the UK Government should commission a study on the costs of unemployment among ex-offenders to ensure the public understands the case for reforming the criminal records regime.
  • Crucially, those who cannot demonstrate they have changed would not have their records sealed. Neither would those whose crimes are so serious – be they violent or sex-related – that the judgment body deems their record relevant to employers. Secondly, sealing criminal records from employers does not mean they are sealed in all contexts. Records would still show in situations involving children and vulnerable people, as well as specific work contexts that require high levels of security clearance. Crucially, police and courts would still have access to an ex-offender’s record. The aim of Labour’s proposals is to replace a blunt instrument with a more flexible approach in order to reflect the complexity of criminal justice.

Recognising the remand of children as a last resort

  • Individuals held on remand are awaiting court hearings after being charged with an offence. Remand in youth justice shows some of the highest levels of disproportionality in the criminal justice system. 87% of children held in custody on remand in London are from a black, Asian or minority ethnic background. In England and Wales, the figures show the percentage of BAME children is 57%, while 33% were black. BAME people account for 15.5% of the population in England.
  • Labour welcomes the measures in the Bill to amend the LASPO framework to tighten the tests the courts must satisfy to decide when to remand a child to custody. We agree with the policy is to encourage courts to impose custodial remand only where absolutely necessary, while ensuring the public remains safe.

Increases of Sentencing

Whole Life Orders extended to cover the premeditated murder of a child.

  • Labour agrees with the government that this is an appropriate increase in sentencing to recognize the seriousness of the crime.

Increasing the sentences for certain young adults who kill.

  • The tragic murder of Ellie Gould highlights the failure of the justice system to impose strict enough sentences on those who murder in a domestic setting. The current approach to sentencing seems to forget the context in which many female victims are killed; in the home with a weapon taken from that location. The minimum tariff in such cases is 15 years whereas it’s 25 if a weapon is brought to the scene of a crime. Similarly, the emphasis placed on the use of ‘weapons’ – an aggravating factor –  forgets that in many DA circumstances (taking into account the common differences in strengths between victim and perpetrator) fists or hands for strangulation, are all the weaponry needed. This is symbolic of a systemic problem – that VAWG seems to be seen as less serious than other forms of violence. Labour welcomes the fact that under the proposals sentences will be increased for killers like that of Ellie Gould. However, we argue the government must go further to address inadequate sentencing on domestic homicide.

Toughening sentences for those who cause death by dangerous driving.

  • Death by dangerous driving continues to take too many innocent lives. Labour welcomes the government’s proposals to increase sentences for those who cause death by dangerous driving. Stephanie Peacock MP deserves praises for her work campaigning to increase the maximum sentence for causing death by dangerous driving. This will help dissuade people from taking unnecessary risks.

Widening laws which prevent adults in ‘positions of trust’ from engaging in sexual relationships with young people under 18.

  • Sarah Champion MP highlighted the issue of the loophole in the law that allows for adults working in a position of trust to have sex with 16 and 17 year olds. Whilst it is rightly illegal for teachers and social workers to have sex with the 16 and 17 year olds they work with, this is presently not the case for sports coaches and faith leaders. Due to the power imbalances in these relationships, this allows for prolific sexual offenders to use their position to groom children for sexual purposes. Labour welcomes the government’s proposals to close these loopholes and praises Sarah Champion for highlighting this injustice.

 

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City MP calls on Home Secretary to give assurances after 400,000 criminal records ‘lost’

Stephen Morgan MP has written to the Home Secretary seeking urgent clarification of the impact of the reported loss of 400,000 police records has had on Portsmouth.

The letter sets out a number of key questions for the Conservative Home Secretary, including, how many people have been affected in Portsmouth what work is being done with police to identify gaps in the system and what the impact will be on vital safeguarding issues, such as domestic abuse and stalking.

The Member of Parliament for Portsmouth South, said:

“This fiasco is incredibly serious and the Conservative Government’s incompetence is putting the safety of people at risk in Portsmouth.

“Unfortunately, it seems inevitable that as a result of this mess criminals will escape punishment, victims will miss out on justice and our community will be less safe.

“I’ve raised this as an urgent matter with the Home Secretary demanding information of the full impact on Portsmouth and vitally how we can fix this very serious problem.”

Mr Morgan will be submitting a series of parliamentary questions to understand the local impact of the data loss.

 

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City MP calls on Government to tackle racial disparity in the national youth justice system

Stephen Morgan MP today urged Ministers to assure black, Asian and minority ethnic communities that racial disparities in the justice system are being tackled.

The parliamentary representative made the intervention by questioning the Justice Secretary in the House of Commons.

Shockingly since the Lammy Review of 2017, fewer than half of its recommendations have been implemented by Government, as well as a number of other recommendations from several other reviews on related issues.

This year, protests around racial injustice reached a defining tipping point following the murder of George Floyd in America. Since then, events have taken place across the world against racial injustice, including in Portsmouth.

The action today follows a range of steps the MP has been taking in the House of Commons and in Portsmouth to take forward concerns from constituents.

The Member of Parliament for Portsmouth South, commented,

“Racial disproportionality in the youth justice system continues to be a stain on this country.

“Since the Lammy Review the situation of racial disparities in the youth justice system has continued to deteriorate and government stop dragging their feet and take action now.”

This comes as the Coalition of Race Equality Organisations (CORE) shared their fears over the government’s Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities should not be used as ‘a tool to distract the public from inaction on race inequality.

The City MP has vowed to continue to take action on this and similar concerns, liaising with local groups.

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City MP backs USDAW’s ‘Respect for Shopworkers Week’

Stephen Morgan MP has backed USDAW’s campaign ‘Respect for Shopworkers Week’ and called for greater protections for shop and retail workers following a visit to a Portsmouth Co-op today.

This comes as violence, threats and abuse against retail workers doubled during the height of the Covid-19 crisis earlier this year.

The shop and retail workers union will not be running the campaign in its usual way this year, but has called for shop and retail workers to share their real-life experiences during this period via a survey.

The Member of Parliament for Portsmouth South, said:

“Shop and retail workers both here in Portsmouth and across the country have been the backbone of local communities during this pandemic.

During this crisis our key workers have been there to support us when we needed it most and it is only right we now do the same for them.

That’s why I am proud to support USDAW’s ‘Respect for Shopworkers Week’ to give shop and retail workers the protections they need during this crisis and beyond”.

During his visit, Co-op employees demonstrated the new body-cameras that the supermarket’s shop workers are now wearing to protect both its customers and employees.

In recent months, some supermarkets and have faced challenges, both in shoplifting and some customers not following government Covid-19 guidelines.

Mr Morgan, added:

“Any further support for our key workers that have helped to feed the nation through this difficult period I of course welcome.

This new measure will no doubt help to protect Co-op shops, its customers and crucially its workers from future challenges and I am glad to see its introduction here in Portsmouth.”

USDAW has also set up a petition that has called on the government to legislate to make it specific offence of abusing, threatening or assaulting a retail worker.

 

 

 

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Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Bill

A small number of constituents have got in touch with me over recent days about the Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Bill currently being debated in Parliament.

As this Bill has received some media attention, I thought it would be helpful for all Portsmouth people to have some information about this and Labour’s views on the matters this legislation attempts to deal with.

This Bill is about “covert human intelligence sources” – undercover agents – who are working to disrupt some of the vilest crimes imaginable, including terrorism, violent drug gangs, serious and organised crime and child sexual exploitation.

It’s vital that our security services are able to disrupt this activity, prevent further crime and bring people to justice. Since March 2017, MI5 and Counter Terror Police have together thwarted 27 terror attacks.

It cannot be right, though, that this has been happening in the shadows and without being subject to a clear legal framework or robust accountability. I believe this activity should be in law, with strong safeguards.

The CHIS Bill is not perfect, but it is an improvement on the status quo. Without it, undercover sources would either not be able to operate – therefore removing a vital tool for the security services to prevent very serious crimes – or would continue to operate in the shadows, away from the legal oversight.

Crucial to these safeguards is the fact that the Human Rights Act is on the face of the Bill. This means that no criminal authorisation can go beyond its limits, in effect this prohibits murder, torture and sexual violence. As the Bill continues to progress through Parliament, next in the House of Lords, Labour will also argue for even stronger protections.

As this Bill does not have retrospective power, it does not impact upon the search for justice for the wrongs of the past. The Bill does not impact on the legitimate work of trade unions. The 2016 Investigatory Powers Act, contains significant safeguards that prevents interference with legitimate trade union activity: the Labour Party secured changes to the Bill including Section 20, which is a clear protection for Trade Unions.

The last Labour Government banned the practice of blacklisting and a future Labour Government will build upon that and stand beside those campaigning for justice. The next Labour Government will ensure the release of papers for both Shrewsbury 24 and the Cammell Laird shipyard workers. The next Labour Government will also order a full public inquiry into the events at Orgreave in 1984 and its aftermath. We stand with the victims of the terrible, disgraceful ‘spy cops’ scandal. Labour is committed to implementing the recommendations of the Mitting Inquiry.

I will continue to work with others to press the Government on vital safeguards, we will put the public’s safety first as part of our commitment to Labour’s role in keeping individuals, families and our country safe.

Stephen Morgan MP

 

 

 

 

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Have your say on anti-social behaviour in our city’s open spaces

In recent weeks we have seen a number of incidents at Southsea Common, seafront, Hotwalls and at other open spaces across the constituency. This is a chance to have your say on how anti-social behaviour and recent crimes are affecting our community and being dealt with by the council and police.

By filling out this short survey, you will help Stephen continue to take action and make sure authorities take our concerns seriously.

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How would you rate the best way of dealing with anti-social behaviour? (1 being a poor way and 5 being an excellent way)

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Bringing down crime at Southsea Common, seafront and Hotwalls

Following concerns raised with Stephen Morgan MP over recent weeks about anti-social behaviour and crime at Southsea Common, the Hotwalls, other public spaces including parks in Milton, Fratton, and across the whole constituency, Stephen continues to take action on behalf of constituents to ensure the police, council and other bodies are doing all they can to address issues.

As result of further conversations, lobbying and liaison with senior officers today, the following is an update on efforts by key public services and what we can expect over the coming days to manage the situation:

Hampshire Constabulary efforts

Stephen is in regular contact with the District Commander and his senior leadership team and receives a full briefing on the police’s response to the coronavirus crisis weekly.

The police locally have dedicated Covid patrol teams, who will be resourced for Portsmouth this weekend. They also have response and patrol teams with a patrol plan to focus upon locations, where the community have guided the force to consider in relation to groups gathering and breaches of Covid-19 guidance compliance taking place.

Community Wardens will also be patrolling across the city including supporting the Hotwalls area and Southsea Common.

Working with the city council additional security will be provided in some locations and a community advisers foot team will be pro-active in engaging with the public again on social distancing.

Street Pastors will also be providing support engaging with members of the public, and the Ministry of Defence police will be on duty assisting across the constituency.

Hampshire Constabulary – update for 26 June 2020

  • Two more people have been arrested following incidents in the area, one for failure to comply with a S35 dispersal notice and another for obstructing / resisting a police officer in execution of duty, assaulting an emergency worker (police officer) and possession of a class B drug.
  • The local police are implementing a dispersal order for the zone identified and will extend the order for another 48 hours.
  • This means the order will be in place from midday today (Friday 26 June) and it will remain in place until midday on Sunday 28 June and could be extended further.
  • The order gives us the power to order someone to leave the designated area and not return for 24 hours to prevent crime and disorder. Failure to comply with this is a criminal offence.
  • Additional police patrols are taking place in Southsea and Old Portsmouth.

Portsmouth City Council – update for 26 June 2020

  • Community Advisors will continue to be on patrol across the seafront both Saturday and Sunday they will be pro-actively supporting safe social distancing, handing out bio-degradable bags to encourage people to take their litter home with them and supporting safe use of BBQs in the correct areas.
  • Open Spaces Mitigation measures work remains on-going to reinforce and reduce the risk of further traveller incursion onto the public open spaces.  A new delivery of larger boulders is expected very soon which will be used to reinforce the common and provide more of a barrier for ingress.  Further additional posts are also due to be put in place to prevent vehicle movement across public footpaths where practical.
  • Grounds Maintenance Team have been extremely busy despite the heat.  All the summer bedding in now in including a dedicated ‘NHS thank you’ bed at the end of Avenue de Caen.  The team are also working hard to manage the increased levels of rubbish being left in the area.  The council has increased both the number and the capacity of the bins right across the seafront and are also currently in a trial with staff volunteering to work expanded hours to be able to provide a litter clearing operation until 7pm in the evening.  They are also encouraging the public to dispose of BBQs in the designated bins so the hot coals are safely managed.
  • Deploying additional security in the Hotwalls area to have a presence and to positively engage with young people. The council is aware that the more regular youth services will be stepping up to have some deployment in areas such as the Hotwalls and Ferry Road areas.