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Make Sarah Everard’s death a ‘turning point’ for safety of women and girls, says Keir Starmer

Keir Starmer has offered cross-party cooperation to make the death of Sarah Everard a “turning point” for safety for women and girls. At…

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Keir Starmer has offered cross-party cooperation to make the death of Sarah Everard a “turning point” for safety for women and girls.

At prime minister’s questions in the House of Commons, the Labour leader said the 33-year-old marketing executive’s death should be a “watershed moment” leading to change as profound as that which followed the murders of Stephen Lawrence and James Bulger.

And he urged Boris Johnson to press ahead with swift legislation to deal with the “epidemic of violence” faced by women.

At prime minister’s questions in the House of Commons, Mr Johnson agreed that the UK needed a “cultural and social  change in attitudes” to ensure that women’s concerns are heard, and insisted the government was doing “everything we can” to protect them.

And the PM – who has himself been accused of sexism for comments on “hot totty” and Tory votes “causing your wife to have bigger breasts – said that it was essential to “address casual everyday sexism”.

Mr Johnson launched an attack on Labour for voting against his Police Bill, which he said included measures to make the streets safer for women and girls.

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