Every summer, hundreds of young people here in Swindon take part in the National Citizen Service (NCS). The scheme enables those aged between 15 and 17 to complete challenges, make their mark and build skills for work and life. I recently attended an NCS event here in Swindon.
Swindon's MPs Justin Tomlinson & Robert Buckland have taken their concerns about plans to close the vital ‘Place of Safety’ suite at Sandalwood Court to the top, after writing directly to the Health Secretary & the Chief Executive of NHS England to oppose the change.
Last week, I went to the Court of Appeal and argued that a 15-year sentence given to Breast Surgeon Ian Paterson, who intentionally wounded his patients, was not sufficient to reflect the seriousness and totality of his offending.
South Swindon MP Robert Buckland has announced that from today, people found guilty of encouraging terrorism, sharing terrorist propaganda and other terror related offences could see their sentences increased if victims or the public think the punishment is too soft.
In my role as Solicitor General, I work weekly to review criminal sentences referred to me under the Unduly Lenient Sentence (ULS) scheme. This scheme gives the victims of crime, their families and the public the opportunity to challenge sentences which they believe are too low.