David Hanson MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Policing, on the horrific murder of Maria Stubbings, said:
“The murder of Maria Stubbings was a horrific and deplorable crime that should have been prevented. I’d like to pay tribute to Ms Stubbings’ family whose hard work and resolute determination in spite of their grief has helped make clear the changes we still need to see in policing to stop something like this ever happening again.
“While the failings in this case were in one police force, this is an issue that this Government simply isn’t prioritising, meaning there are real concerns that the failings in Essex could be repeated elsewhere in the country. We know for example that since this Government came to office there have been numerous cases across the country where community resolutions have been used for domestic violence; something that is completely against the expert guidance and means perpetrators of these serious offences are simply apologising to their victims without further action being taken.
“Labour have been calling for a Domestic and Sexual Violence Board to ensure higher standards in policing to help prevent domestic and sexual abuse from happening, and to ensure there is better support for victims if it does occur. With two women every week killed at the hands of their abuser in England and Wales David Cameron needs to recognise how serious this issue is. The Government must end its complacency on this issue and look seriously at this proposal.
“We will be looking closely at the IPCC’s report into this shocking case to ensure that all lessons are learned from this tragic crime and that victims of domestic abuse get the help and support they need.”