Sadiq Khan MP, Labour’s Shadow Justice Secretary, commenting on the Government’s u-turn on sentencing, said:
"Before the election David Cameron made big promises to people on knife crime, transparency in sentencing and prison building. He needs to explain to voters why these have all been broken.
"The Tory-led Government's approach to sentencing - including proposing a 50% reduction in sentence for an early guilty plea - have damaged public trust in the sentencing process and must be dropped.
"We have seen other examples of this Government claiming they've done policy u-turns which don't actually materialise. The Government needs to unequivocally confirm the 50% discount in sentence for an early guilty plea for all offences will now be ditched.
"This Government is completely out of touch on crime and criminal justice. It is putting cutting costs ahead of cutting crime and protecting the public."