MP secures House of Commons debate on soft sentences

PUBLISHED: 09:28 09 June 2015 | UPDATED: 09:28 09 June 2015

Gareth Johnson.

Gareth Johnson.


Gareth Johnson says the prosecution should be able to appeal

Dartford MP Gareth Johnson has secured a debate in the House of Commons on unduly lenient sentences for offenders.

Mr Johnson tabled a Private Members’ Bill on the issue during the last Parliament and persuaded the party to pledge to tackle the issue in its manifesto.

He wants the Government to make it easier for the prosecution to appeal against sentences which are too lenient.

“The defence can appeal against almost any sentence they believe is too harsh, but in most situations the prosecution cannot appeal against unduly lenient sentences,” Mr Johnson said.

“In most cases where victims believe that the sentence given to an offender is too lenient there is absolutely nothing that can be done about it. This is unfair and favours the criminal over the victim of crime.”

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