Sarah Everard's kidnap and murder should spark tougher laws to protect women, says Keir Starmer

SARAH Everard's horrific kidnap and murder should bring about tougher laws to protect women, Sir Keir Starmer has urged.

The Labour leader said the 33-year-old's killing was "sickening" and that he'd work with Boris Johnson to stop another.

Cold-blooded cop Wayne Couzens will be sentenced today after admitting kidnap, rape and murder. 

Ahead of the court ruling Sir Keir – once Britain's top prosecutor – called on the Government to strengthen legislation.

He said: "We have got to change the law. We need a victims' law. We have needed a victims' law for years.

"We need better provision in relation to violence against women and girls in law. We have needed it for a very, very long time.

"If the Government were to put up legislation on violence against women and girls or on victims on the first Monday when we return after these party conferences, we will vote for it."

Labour revealed a Victim's Law in February which would give victims of persistent anti-social behaviour the same rights as victims of crimes.

A separate plan unveiled in the wake of Sarah's killing would also toughen sentences for rapists and stalkers while creating offences for street sexual harassment.


In his party conference speech yesterday Sir Keir declared Labour the party of law and order.

The Government are pushing their own Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts bill through Parliament that would increase jail time for murderers and rapists.

🔵 Read our Wayne Couzens sentencing blog for the latest updates

Sir Keir also said the Met Police should investigate how their own officer Couzens managed to "slip through the net".

He said: "I know that thousands upon thousands of police officers doing a fantastic job up and down the country are absolutely sickened by this, but obviously how on earth did he get through the net is the critical question that has now just got to be answered."

Former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith also called for Scotland Yard to investigate.

He told Times Radio "My personal view is that the structures of the way that they [the Metropolitan Police] look at themselves when incidents happen, needs to change."

Yesterday Sarah's mum told the court how she "years" for her daughter in a powerful impact statement.

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