Published On: Tue, Aug 13th, 2019

Conservative MP bravely defends Boris Johnson in face of BBC interrogation | UK | News

Questioned by the BBC’s Emma Barnett, Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, Deputy Chair of the Public Accounts Committee, stood his ground and praised Boris Johnson’s Government for its potential plans. When asked if he was proud of Mr Johnson’s recent clamp down on crime, he replied: “I am absolutely proud of what he’s doing. “There is nothing that a Government has of higher priority than keeping our officers safe on the streets and keeping the criminals off our streets.” 

Although Sir Geoffrey was forced to defend Mr Johnson, in the interest of balance Ms Barnett also quizzed Matthew Ryder QC over his objections for longer sentences for severe cases.

As stated in their editorial guidelines, the BBC is “committed to achieving due impartiality in all its output”.

The debate comes after Mr Johnson pledged to spend £100m on prisons in England and Wales.

The huge sum of money is intended to improve security and cut crime both on the streets and inside prisons.

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Modern airport-style security will be introduced into prisons, with X-ray scanners and metal detectors among some of the measures planned by the Government.

The injection of cash is much needed after it was revealed that violent crime in England and Wales had surged.

January saw a record high number of assaults in prisons; a 20 percent rise on the previous year.

A fresh review launched by the PM concerned the sentences of rapists and murderers and will investigate if serious offenders should be jailed for longer.

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This would involve changing the law to stop some criminals being allowed to leave midway through serving their sentence.

As well as that, the PM promised to make way for an extra 20,000 police officers to enter the force.

On Sunday, the Government lifted limitations on the police’s ability to carry out “stop and searches”, empowering more than 8,000 police officers around the UK to stop and search people they believe to be in possession of a weapon.

Stop and search powers have long been viewed as controversial, with evidence showing that they disproportionately target black people.

Labour went as far as to say the Government was attempting to “appear tough” instead of targeting the root cause of the crime.

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