The Prime Minister said his eldest daughter, who is reaching the age where she wanted to go to school alone, “brings home the danger” faced by women and girls, something he said he took “for granted.” held”.
Rishi Sunak has told how he fears he wants more people jailed after being raised on women’s safety by the father of two girls.
The Prime Minister said his eldest daughter, who is reaching the age where she wanted to go to school alone, “brings home the danger” that women and girls face, something he “took for granted”.
He vowed to curb crime so “my kids and everyone else can walk around safely.”
The prime minister told reporters: “We should charge more people and reduce crime and put them in jail.”
He said he was “committed to the Tory Manifesto’s promise” to get 20,000 more police officers onto the streets and that it was “incredibly important to me” to reduce crime in the neighborhood.
“If you put more cops on the streets and you fight more crime, you end up incarcerating more people,” he said, “that’s why we’re building 10,000 more prison spaces over the next few years.”
Asked if he was happy with increasing prison numbers, the Prime Minister said: “Well, we’re not very comfortable with that, but I’ve made sure we have the means to have the capacity to do that.”
Fighting crime is “very important to me personally,” Mr Sunak said.
“I come in as a parent. I have two young girls”.
His eldest wanted to go to her primary school on her own when she turned 11, he said, adding that this is why his family moved from their Downing Street flat and closer to their west London school in the spring. before resigning as chancellor.
The Prime Minister said: “That brings it home. It brings it to you as parents and again over the summer the horrible things we read with young girl Olivia (Pratt-Korbel) that we will all remember.
“I want to make sure my kids and everyone else can walk around safely.
“That’s what every parent wants for their children.
“It’s what everyone wants for themselves – especially their wife or even their sister – because that hasn’t historically been something that I’ve taken for granted in the past, and a lot of us as men have done it.
“The events of the last year have shown us that so many women and girls have not, in fact, felt as safe as they should for some time.
“Tackling that and making it safer for people is something that’s personally very important to me.”
Mr Sunak said he was spending “a bit of time” making sure police had the powers they needed to do their job.
He was “very supportive” of the controversial Public Order Bill, which aims to address “some of the extremist protests that we’ve seen.” The bill, which is currently going through Parliament, has sparked an angry backlash from activists.
Mr Sunak said he saw reducing crime as “part of raising” as it affected most people in parts of the country who felt overlooked or came from disadvantaged backgrounds.
When asked about life at Downing Street, the Prime Minister said moving to the flat they lived in when he was Chancellor – via No10 rather than the larger one via No11 – made the transition “easier than it otherwise could have been.”
He added, “But look, it happened pretty suddenly, so it was a little adjustment for everyone, and like I said, I’ve been working pretty much day and night for the past few weeks… so I haven’t really had time to stop and think.”
Attending the Festival of Remembrance last week gave him a rare opportunity to reflect.
“That was a moment where I could really take on the responsibilities that I have in this new job for a few seconds and you know that was a pretty special moment that I won’t forget,” he said.
Additional coverage from Press Association.