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Tory MP Crispin Blunt withdraws statement questioning guilty verdict in Imran Ahmad Khan’s sexual assault trial – politics live | Politics

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Good morning. Labour is campaigning on crime for the native elections this week and the Conservative MP Crispin Blunt, a former justice minister, performed into their palms yesterday when he launched a statement criticising the court docket proceedings that led to his Tory colleague Imran Ahmad Khan being discovered guilty of sexual assault. Blunt claimed that his good friend was the sufferer of “a dreadful miscarriage of justice” however, in the statement issued on his web site, he supplied no proof to justify this inflammatory allegation.

As Peter Walker and Jenn Selby report in their in a single day story, Blunt’s feedback had been strongly criticised – not least by his personal get together.

Blunt has been underneath stress to supply a retraction and, as my colleague Jessica Elgot reviews, he has this morning eliminated the statement issued yesterday from his web site and deleted his tweet in regards to the case. Whether or not he’ll go additional, and say that he was mistaken to talk out in the primary place, stays to be seen.

The row has coincided with the publication of a report from the Commons home affairs committee about rape instances saying “charging, prosecution and conviction levels remain shamefully low”. It says:

Public confidence in the power of the legal justice system to reply to reviews of rape, to help victims and survivors, and, finally, to carry perpetrators to justice, is at what might be its lowest level. Police forces in England and Wales just lately recorded the very best ever variety of rapes inside a 12-month interval, but only one.3% of the recorded rape offences which have been assigned an final result resulted in a cost or summons. According to Crown Prosecution Service figures, the amount of accomplished rape prosecutions dropped from 5,190 in 2016/17 to 1,557 in 2020/21.

Parliament isn’t sitting this week, Boris Johnson is taking a mini-holiday at Chequers, and there’s not a lot in the diary. But Keir Starmer is campaigning in Scotland, and his shadow chancellor, Rachel Reeves, will probably be presenting on LBC, standing in James O’Brien.

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