- Luke Pollard MP uses Boris Johnson’s first House of Commons appearance as Prime Minister to question him on Vanessa George’s early release
- Vanessa George is the serial child abuser set for an early release from prison
- Boris Johnson emphasised the need for tougher sentences for those who commit sexual assault, but did not go as far as Luke would have liked.
Serial child abuser Vanessa George is set for an early release from prison. Luke believes she should not be released until she has shown genuine remorse and named the children she abused. Her refusal to come clean about the identity of her victims means all the families affected have a life sentence ahead of them to which there is no early release.
Luke used Boris Johnson’s first appearance in the House of Commons as Prime Minister as a chance to ask him directly: will he join Luke in opposing the early release of Vanessa George?
He raised this with the Prime Minister to put the early release of Vanessa George firmly on his agenda from day one. Luke does not want to see her released and he will continue to campaign to make sure Vanessa George stays behind bars so her victims and their families are safe. She needs to be in prison until her victims are adults, so every child she filmed and photographed being sexually assaulted can live the rest of their childhood in safety. I don’t think she should be released and I know from speaking to many of the new members of his Cabinet that they share my concerns.
Boris Johnson wasn’t able to go as far as Luke would have liked in opposing her early release but in his speech earlier in the session he emphasised the need for tougher sentences for those who commit sexual assault. He will continue pushing to keep her behind bars.