Many thanks for your email. In recent years, we have unfortunately seen a trend where those in public life are at the receiving end of intimidating and threatening behaviour. This is wrong, and I condemn the thuggish actions of those who abused Sir Keir Starmer MP and his team yesterday evening. However, it is also wrong to link yesterday's events to the Prime Minister's comments on Starmer's record as Director of Public Prosecutions.
The Prime Minister accused Starmer of failing to prosecute Jimmy Savile when he was Director of Public Prosecutions. His accusation is correct and Starmer was forced to apologise in 2013 for the failure, on his watch, to prosecute Jimmy Savile for his crimes. No one has suggested that Starmer was personally involved in the decision but he was the person in overall charge.
The issue is relevant because Starmer has said that the buck stops with the person at the top and has called for the Prime Minister to resign over the parties issue. Yet when under his management when there was a failure to bring Jimmy Savile to justice he did not offer his resignation.
As Starmer said during the Labour leadership election "I will carry the can for mistakes of any organisation I lead".
It's my firm belief that we should support the Prime Minister to deliver on the priorities of the British public - building on the relatively strong position our world-beating vaccine rollout has put us in so we can put more money in people's pockets and spread opportunity across the country.
Thank you for taking the time to contact me.
8 February 2022