ir Keir Starmer pledged to “reduce crime, tackle its root causes” if he becomes prime minister.
He accused the Tories of becoming the “party of crime and disorder” and claimed Labor would do things “very differently” if they were to win power in the next general election.
Writing for the Independent, the Labor leader launched his party’s campaign for safer communities, telling the public his party would prioritize “protecting you, your family and your community”.
His call echoes that of former Labor Prime Minister Tony Blair who once pledged to be “tough on crime, tough on the causes of crime”.
Sir Keir, who is currently self-isolating after his son tested positive for coronavirus, has sought to play his own former role as director of public prosecutions as he takes aim at Boris Johnson and the Party’s ‘failed’ dossier Conservative on Police and Crime. fight.
In his article for The Independent, Sir Keir said Police in England and Wales faced a £ 1.6 billion funding gap and that between 2010 and 2020 14,500 officers had been suppressed by frontline conservatives.
He said: “I spent five years as the chief prosecutor of this country. I know what it takes to get criminals off the streets and give victims the justice they deserve.
“It’s not just the job of the Crown Prosecution Service. And it’s not just the job of the police – it’s also the job of the Prime Minister. And I would step up where Boris Johnson failed.
“Basically, it’s about priorities. Too many people do not feel safe in their own community.
“Antisocial behaviors have exploded, a generation of young people growing up with the closure of their local youth clubs, lost youth workers – essential positive role models who help steer people away from the clutches of crime.
“The Conservatives have become the party of crime and disorder. Labor would do things very differently.
Sir Keir has said he will abandon plans for a £ 200million national flagship, designed to replace the Royal Yacht Britannia as part of the Prime Minister’s ambitions for post-Brexit Britain and the money was instead invested in community policing.
A future Labor government would also pass new laws to crack down on dangerous driving and high-powered cars, while campaigning for the restoration of youth clubs, the party leader said.
Following recent public outrage over the kidnapping and murder of 33-year-old marketing director Sarah Everard on her way home to south London on her own in March, Sir Keir said the campaign Labor for Safer Communities would seek to make UK streets safe for women.
“Over 98% of reported rape cases do not result in a charge. Let that sink in, ”Sir Keir said.
“Unlike Boris Johnson – who called him a ‘jabber’ – we would take violence against women and girls seriously.
“We have already published a comprehensive Green Paper with proposals to reverse the record number of rape and sexual harassment convictions and provide much better support for victims of sexual violence.
“I want to live in a country where women and girls can safely walk the streets alone.
“A country where parents don’t have to anxiously wait for their children to come home. A country where our seniors feel happy and safe in their own neighborhood.
“That is why Labor is launching our campaign for safer communities today.
“That is why we are committed to reducing crime, tackling its root causes and ensuring that criminals are brought to justice.”
Sir Keir had planned to take stock of the fight against crime as part of his summer tour of Britain to win back voters, with plans to be in the Midlands on Thursday before being told that he was to quarantine himself after the Prime Minister’s questions.
The Prime Minister, who is also self-isolating following contact with Health Secretary Sajid Javid, who tested positive for Covid-19 over the weekend, has signed up in the 2019 elections recruit 20,000 additional officers by March 2023.