Keir Starmer

A Step Change Is Needed on Victims' Rights

Keir Starmer | Posted 15.12.2015 | UK Politics
Keir Starmer

Ultimately, though, we will only see the cultural shift we need on victim's rights when they are enshrined in a Victim's Law. This would be a powerful break with the current piecemeal approach and help tackle one of the most fundamental problems in our criminal justice system: a lack of faith among victims that they will be supported, listened to and treated fairly.

It Is Impossible to Justify the Continuation of Our Unjust Laws on Assisted Dying

Keir Starmer | Posted 10.09.2015 | UK Politics
Keir Starmer

Parliament has the opportunity to re-balance our law in this difficult and sensitive area. Unless we revert to a position of a blanket prohibition of any assistance even for those with a voluntary, clear, settled and informed decision to end their lives, we have to recognise and accept their desire for professional help from medical practitioners rather than amateur help from loved ones.

Appointments With Death

John Watson | Posted 04.09.2015 | UK
John Watson

Prosecutions for assisting or encouraging suicide are very rare indeed and Sir Keir Starmer's remark that during his tenure as Director of Public Pros...

Is It Time for the Labour Spring?

Gavin Juniper | Posted 21.05.2015 | UK Politics
Gavin Juniper

I went to my local Labour Party ward meeting last Thursday night. I live in Gospel Oak, Camden, in the parliamentary constituency of Holborn and St Pancras. Our candidate is Keir Starmer who has taken the reins from long standing MP Frank Dobson...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Cruddas Blasts Team Ed's 'Dead Hand'

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 29.06.2014 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Sunday 29 June 2014... 1) CRUDDAS BLASTS TEAM ED'S 'DEAD HAND' On Thursday, Ed Miliband told me that Labour ...

Only Labour Can Deliver a Justice System Fit for Victims and Witnesses

Sadiq Khan | Posted 06.06.2014 | UK Politics
Sadiq Khan

We believe that things have got to change if we are to restore the public's faith. And that's why Ed Miliband and I have set up the Victims' Taskforce with the precise remit to come forward with a Victims' Law and other recommendations of what needs to change in our justice system. And the Taskforce is already hard at work.

After the Horror of Savile and the Tragedy of Daniel, It's Time to Get Serious on Child Abuse

Paula Barrow | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Paula Barrow

Alarming weight loss, foraging for food at school, bruises covering his four year old body and a broken arm; if just one of these things had been fully reported and followed-up, Daniel Pelka might have survived the child abuse that led to his tragic death.

Abortion Based On Gender 'Not Against The Law'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

The decision not to prosecute two doctors accused of arranging abortions based on sex remains the right one, Britain's top prosecutor has said, as the...

LOOK: Government Reveals Potential Jail Sentences

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 17.09.2013 | UK Comedy

Keir Starmer QC, the Director of Public Prosecutions, has revealed that the worst benefit cheats will now be jailed for up to 10 years. But look what ...

How Should Benefit Cheats Be Punished?

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 16.09.2013 | UK

The worst benefit cheats will be locked up for up to 10 years under tough new rules, it has been announced. In a new crackdown on those who "flout ...

Oxford Grooming Victims Get Their Day in Court

Javed Khan | Posted 27.08.2013 | UK
Javed Khan

There's often a lot of talk of victims 'having their day in court'. Sometimes, though, it's far easier said than done. On Thursday, six young women watched the men who subjected them to nothing short of modern day slavery go to prison for 95 years.

Blocking Snoopers' Charter Could See Terrorists Go Free, Clegg Warned

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Tom Moseley | Posted 11.06.2013 | UK Politics

The Director of Prosecutions has warned Nick Clegg not to block new snooping powers, it has been reported. Keir Starmer said there was a "real risk...

How Not to Report on False Rape Allegation Statistics - BBC Newsbeat Shows Us How

Chloe Emmott | Posted 14.05.2013 | UK Politics
Chloe Emmott

The BBC's is currently under fire for an article on the recent CPS report stating false rape allegations are indeed rare and that a disproportionate focus on such allegations deters many victims from coming forward.

Dispelling Rape Myths

Sarah Lothian | Posted 13.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Lothian

The report couldn't have been clearer. So-called 'false allegations' of rape are 'very rare', according to Keir Starmer QC, the director of public pro...

Women's Groups Outrage At BBC 'False Rape' Newsbeat Story

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 13.03.2013 | UK

Women's groups have heavily criticised a BBC article which described a new report into false rape allegations as "showing how common the problem is" w...

'Damaging Myths' About False Rape Accusations Harming Real Victims

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 13.03.2013 | UK

Rape victims are being punished because of "damaging myths" about false rape and domestic violence allegations - which are much less common than previ...

It Is Time To Start Taking Child Abuse Victims Seriously

Javed Khan | Posted 07.05.2013 | UK
Javed Khan

The DPP's plan to re-assess the reliability and credibility tests for young and vulnerable victims is much needed and will help to address the issue of taking child victims seriously. There will be less focus on the victims' credibility and more on the suspect and their pattern of behaviour.

Social Media and the Law: Know Where You Stand

Brian John Spencer | Posted 22.04.2013 | UK Tech
Brian John Spencer

Real time social media communications have utterly flattened and revolutionized the ways of the world. But with this incredible good has come a large measure of bad. The anonymous internet troll is now ubiquitous, the keyboard warrior is part of the daily rhythm and the anti-social social media user is common place.

Delete Abusive Tweets, And You May Not Get Nicked

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 03.02.2013 | UK

Swiftly deleting abusive tweets may save offenders from being brought before court, the country's leading prosecutor has said. Keir Starmer, direct...

Twitter Guidelines To Protect Against 'Chilling Effect On Free Speech'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 19.12.2012 | UK

Those who post offensive messages on Twitter or Facebook are less likely to face criminal charges, under new guidelines set out by Director of Public ...

Director of Public Prosecutions Tells Twitter and Facebook to Police their Websites

Simon Hilliard | Posted 11.12.2012 | UK Tech
Simon Hilliard

Keir Starmer is not a name commonly thrown around in the social media world, but he's quite a big deal. As the Director of Public Prosecutions, he oversees pretty much all public prosecutions in the UK - and now he's decided to get involved in the murky legal waters of Twitter and Facebook.

Should 999 Drivers Be Prosecuted For Accidents They Are Involved In?

The Huffington Post UK | Chris York | Posted 28.09.2012 | UK

Emergency service drivers responding to 999 calls should not be prosecuted for injuries and even deaths that arise from accidents they are involved in...

One-Off Offense?

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 20.09.2012 | UK

People who post one-off offensive messages on social media could escape charges, the most senior prosecutor in England and Wales has suggested. "Th...

Phone Hacking: Files On Four Journalists Passed To Prosecutors

PA | Posted 18.04.2012 | UK

Eleven suspects have been referred to prosecutors by Scotland Yard's phone-hacking squad. The cases of four journalists, one police officer and six...

Police Find Missing Documents In Lynette White Corruption Case

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 27.03.2012 | UK

South Wales Police (SWP) have found missing documents which caused the collapse of a multi-million pound police corruption trial - despite claims they...