Stephen Morgan, Labour’s Parliamentary candidate for Orpington, today spoke out against the Conservatives’ position on DNA evidence which would make it harder for the police to catch criminals. The use of DNA in investigations is one of the breakthroughs for modern policing. As a result, people are safer on the streets and in their homes.
The Crime and Security Bill just put through Parliament by the Government establishes new time limits for the retention of DNA samples, DNA profiles and fingerprints.
The Conservatives’ proposals to restrict the use of DNA evidence would make it harder for the police to catch criminals– and put the public at greater risk.
Stephen Morgan, Labour’s Parliamentary candidate for Orpington, said:
The Tories proposals for DNA evidence would seriously weaken the ability to investigate and convict criminals, including suspected murderers and rapists.
It would appear that the Tories new position is even weaker than before and would only allow the evidence of those convicted of a crime to be retained on the DNA database.
The Tories have shown they talk tough but vote soft on crime. They have consistently voted against tougher sentences – including for murder, sexual and violent crimes.
Alan Johnson MP, Labour’s Home Secretary, said:
Labour’s support for the use of DNA technology to fight crime has been consistent and clear. It is supported by the police and victims’ families. The only thing that’s clear about the Tory position is that under a Tory government, it would be harder for the police to use DNA evidence to catch criminals.
The reality is the Conservatives have voted against Labour’s measures to fight crime including trying to restrict the retention of DNA evidence.
Tessa Jowell MP, Minister for London said:
If the Conservative Party is really serious about tackling crime they need to explain why at every turn they have tried to weaken the Labour government’s proposals on the DNA database, which has been so successful in helping to catch some of the most serious criminals in London.