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Yvette Cooper MP, Labour's Shadow Home Secretary
, responding to Nick Herbert's statement today on police bail, said:

“The Home Secretary is still failing to sort the problem. Shocking delays and Home Office incompetence are still putting investigations at risk, and jeopardising justice for victims.

“Ministers confirmed that the Home Office has known about this for over a month yet they still haven't finished the emergency legislation, and the police still don't know what they are supposed to do with suspects today. 

“That means thousands of ongoing investigations are being jeopardised right now. 

“The police need to be able to get on with their job. We called yesterday for emergency legislation and we will support urgent action, but the government needs to publish this emergency legislation straight away, as it should really have been passed already.

“The catalogue of incompetence is deeply worrying. A six week delay since the initial judgement, a two week delay since the written judgement and a week after Ministers were told, the public and the police are still in the dark about what is going on. It seems no one even asked the Supreme Court to suspend the judgement.

“In the meantime this confusion means different police forces are following different advice, bail conditions may not be enforced, prosecutions could be put at risk and offenders could get off.

“The Home Office is clearly in chaos. When urgency and clarity is needed we get further delay and hesitancy. 

“The Government began the week by letting someone in they wanted out, and have finished it by letting people out they wanted in. Theresa May needs to move much faster to get a grip.”

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