Manifesto

1. Law and Order (Summary):

  • We will restore capital punishment for the most heinous of crimes.
  • Reform the legal system to restore justice back to the victim.
  • Homeowners will have the right to defend their property and family without fear of prosecution when what is deemed as disproportionate force is used against the offender.
  • We will speed up and simplify the legal process by reintroducing local magistrate courts.
  • A life sentence will mean life i.e. a minimum of 50 years without parole.
  • The parole board and parole system to be scrapped and replaced.
  • We will ensure continuity of sentencing.
  • We will restore the relationship between the police and the CPS so that both are working as one to achieve successful arrests followed by successful prosecutions.
  • Men, as well as women, to receive anonymity in cases of sexual assault and rape until guilt is proven.
  • More prison spaces to be made available to keep those that should be locked behind bars locked up for as long as is deemed necessary, in the interest of public safety.

1. Law and Order (Detail):

Capital Punishment will be used as a final remedy for particularly heinous crimes. We consider it to be a deterrent and propose the balance of power must revert back to the victim and the family of the victim. The deliberate taking of an innocent life must be made to be, and seen to be, a totally reprehensible act.

Modern scientific techniques, which include the extensive use of DNA, have transformed forensic science to such an extent, it is now possible to convict, with the knowledge that the evidence presented would be indisputable in a trial that could result in sentencing the defendant to death.

A full review of the current legal process will take place, specifically the use of parole and the role of the parole board, we know too many prisoners have been granted parole who then go on to commit further offences including murder. This will not be tolerated; those that are guilty of the most serious of crimes will no longer be granted parole. Those that could qualify will need to be far more carefully scrutinised by a new style parole board, which will be accountable for those they deem fit for release. Those who are given parole and then go on to commit further offences while on parole will be given double their original sentence with no parole, with the new sentence for the new offence then added.

The current system has no accountability; we will ensure parole, if granted, is not abused and those that are given powers to make such decisions are accountable for them.

How a guilty plea affects the sentence will be reviewed, reductions will only be offered in exceptional circumstances. Mandatory reductions for a guilty plea will be abolished.

A re-evaluation of the relationship between the police and the CPS will take place to establish why there has been a brake down between the two and how we repair it to best serve the victims of crime.

A review of the way judges are recruited and then remain in their positions without recourse or the possibility of loosing said positions through incompetence must take place.

There is cause for concern that some judges are wildly out of touch with the cases they preside over; we must have continuity of sentencing and ensure those convicted of violence against the individual are always sentenced appropriately. It is the dangerous criminals that maim or kill we must keep locked in a prison cell, rather than those guilty of minor offences that are not a danger to others.

We do not support double jeopardy; we do support ensuring the case as offered by the CPS is accurate and complete before it is presented to a jury for the first and only time.

There are too many incomplete cases brought before a jury that result in either an acquittal or appeal on a detail. The cost of these failures by the CPS amounts to millions of pounds of taxpayer’s money resulting in dangerous individuals freed to commit further offences and the victim once again let down.

A review of the sentencing carried out by all UK courts will take place, and where necessary amended to restore the notion of punishment and justice seen to be done. To this end we believe a life sentence must mean life i.e. a minimum (without parole) of 50 years.

The minimum age at which a person could sit on a Jury would be increased to twenty-one. To be in a position that requires judgement on crucial issues in what could be complex cases requires a minimum amount of life experience, which we believe would not have been attained by the majority of those that would be eligible to sit on a jury under the current system. We also have concerns with those that sit on jury’s that are not suitable for other reasons, we will propose a minimum requirement, that will be determined with a review on how best to ensure a suitable jury. Too many trials seem to be blighted by inappropriate behaviour by some members of a jury, or an inability to take the role of jury service as seriously as is warranted. This has gone unchallenged for too long and needs urgent reform.

Prisons should reflect the crime; a segregated system to ensure those that commit the most violent of offences are treated in a way that should not be applied to those convicted of lesser non-violent crimes would be introduced. We need to begin a program of building more prisons to adequately deal with the increased sentences outlined in this manifesto.

A review the sex offences laws will take place; areas of concern are:

Current law that provides anonymity to the female and none to the accused male in cases of rape and sexual assault. There has been an increase in false allegations of rape; this can have a devastating impact on the life of the accused in a way other crimes do not. If the male has been falsely accused, but whose name has been soiled as a result of the allegation, despite a not guilty verdict, then in this particularly unique set of circumstances we believe he is entitled to the same rights as the female accuser, until guilt is proven.

In conjunction with an increase in resources to defeat crime in the UK; we must also begin a program of education that promotes responsible behaviour. The number of incidents the police and courts spend vast amounts of time and money pursuing that simply could have been prevented by the victim must be addressed, in order to make better use of available resources.

Drunken provocation by the victim and for example habitual assaults by a habitué that result in attendance by a police officer, but invariably end without charge at the request of the victim, are two of the areas that require education on how to behave responsibly over wasted police intervention.

Old-fashioned common sense and individual responsibility has been replaced in the last two decades by a belief that one is free to behave in as inappropriate way as one desires without impact or recourse on either himself or herself or the wider community.

A free society must have an element of individual responsibility in order to properly concentrate on and deal with those that should be put through the legal system as robustly as is desirable

Rehabilitation of offenders where there is a chance to rehabilitate should provide a vigorous system, that gives the offender one chance to make good. We believe where appropriate, suitable training and a period of integration back into the community should occur, properly supervised, with the intention of giving those that are first time offenders every opportunity to continue a normal life. There will be no second chance, all of the available resources will go into rehabilitation after the first offence only, following this, punishment will be the only objective of the legal process. We give too many chances and waste too many resources and taxpayers’ money continually putting the same offenders through the courts, through tough policies, we can end this cycle and send out a message that we will not tolerate habitual offending, a case of “one” strike and your out.

The whole legal process will be reformed, simplified and speeded up to avoid the continuing ambiguity and anguish over sentencing and how the British Legal System treats victims of crimes compared to its treatment of the criminal.

The current legal system is too concerned with the human rights of criminals who continue to abuse a structure that only serves to endorse those who commit crime after crime causing mayhem and misery without remedy. We will reverse this trend through the proposals outlined in this manifesto to such an extent that we will inculcate a fear of committing crime and a fear of the punishment if caught.

Law and order - Policing Our Community (Summary)

  • We will put the bobby back walking the beat to once again be a visible presence on every street in every village, town and city throughout the land.
  • We will recruit full time real police to do a professional job, whose salaries will be increased particularly at entry level in-line with much tougher entry criteria in terms of both intellect and physical ability.
  • Fast tracking related to gender, ethnic origin, religious origin or sexual orientation would be abolished immediately in favour of fast tracking based on intellect and ability alone.
  • There will be no regional mergers, small local forces to remain.
  • There will be an end to bureaucracy, politically correct initiatives and endless paperwork that are currently preventing the police force from catching criminals and stopping low-level crime in its tracks.
  • We will make sure the police have the necessary powers to fight crime and terror in a Britain whose crime rate is spiralling out of control.

Law and order - Policing Our Community (Detail)

A significant increase in the size of the UK police force will take place which will continue until we have sufficient numbers to enforce the laws we will propose to restore law and order – we are committed to putting bobby’s back walking the beat as well as patrolling in cars. The police must be a visible presence in every community throughout the land.

Real policemen and women will be recruited; the numbers will not be made up with community police or special constables.

The red tape that is currently preventing the police from doing the job the taxpayer is paying them to do will be removed to allow the police to fight crime rather than bureaucracy.

A review on what powers the police should be given to act as an effective deterrent against those intent on committing crime.

The police need to once again build a rapport with each community; we must make this a priority, but must give the police the powers to act in a sufficiently forceful way in order to once again have the ability to deal with low level problems such as the ever increasing rise in yob culture, intimidation and petty vandalism as it happens without the need for further paperwork, arrest procedures and court action.

The Merging of regional police forces will be reversed, we believe the police work best when controlling and managing a smaller specific area, which they know how best to police. This is key to having a presence in the local community and understanding how its ‘patch’ should be policed. This we believe will be more difficult to manage by larger regional mergers.

The greater use of technology in order for all forces to rapidly share information will be more rigorously funded. We are committed to ensuring the best available technology is always available to our police force in the fight against crime.

The high standards once associated with the British Police Force have clearly declined over the last twenty years and morale is at an all time low.

The entry criteria to become a member of the police force should be more rigorous in terms of academic ability and physical ability, which we would reward with an increase to the entry wage in order to encourage the sort of police officers we all want patrolling our neighbourhoods. The change in culture in terms of intellect would allow for new powers to be given with a greater reassurance of proper and appropriate use. We do not want to see a return of the police force that failed to deal with such high profile cases as the Stephen Lawrence murder, a failure that was as much to do with incompetence, corruption and a lack of intellect associated with a certain type of officer, as it was institutional racism.

The policy of positive discrimination that we know further divides rather than unites those in the police force will immediately be stopped. There will be a fast track system in place, but only for academic ability, fast tracking on the basis of gender, religion, sexual orientation or colour will be defunct. This again divides rather than unites and only achieves to further promote inequality by highlighting a difference.

The system of calling the police using the 999 number must revert back to being taken by the local police station and not the call centre system currently in place. The public must have an instant response to their 999 call from their nearest police station and not a succession of diverted calls though to an unknown final destination as if they were calling a bank.

Eradication of both positive and negative discrimination is our aim, we believe a common sense approach to policing is the only way to achieve this, and the only way to restore law and order to our country and re-instate morale back in our police force.

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