Almost A Third Of Tory MPs Support Bringing Back The Death Penalty, Poll Suggests

But YouGov survey shows not a single female MP backs the move.
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Almost a third of Tory MPs support bringing back the death penalty, a poll has revealed.

The YouGov survey for Yahoo News UK showed 18% of Conservatives strongly support capital punishment while 13% somewhat support doing so.

According to the poll, not a single Labour MP supported re-introducing the death penalty.

And of those asked, not a single female MP backed the move.

The survey showed 7% of MPs did not know if they would support the return of executions.

The death penalty was completely abolished in the UK in 1998. But the last execution was carried out in 1964.

In November last year former Tory security minister John Hayes suggested the death penalty should be re-introduced for crimes such as the Westminster terror attack.

But the government said it “opposes the use of the death penalty in all circumstances and has no plans to reintroduce it”.

Kate Allen, Amnesty International UK’s Director, said capital punishment was a “cruel relic of the past”.

“We would urge any MP still hankering after a return of the grotesque ritual of cold-bloodedly condemning people to be hanged to consult our latest global report on the death penalty.

“It shows in case after case how people around the world are still being sentenced to death arbitrarily, after unfair trials - sometimes involving false confessions - and even for political reasons.”

YouGov conducted online interviews with a representative sample of 100 MPs. The survey was completed between 12th and 26th February 2019.


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