Thank you for writing to me about Sarah Everard and the events at Clapham Common.
Like many across the country, I am still deeply shocked and saddened by the murder of Sarah Everard. My thoughts continue to be with her family and loved ones at this devastating time.
The Government has been clear that the perpetrator must brought to justice, and I thank all those police officers who were searching for evidence and clues in such distressing circumstances in the initial stages and those who have been in charge of investigating the case.
It is my understanding that both the Home Secretary and the Prime Minister have spoken to the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police about the events at Clapham Common. A comprehensive review has been announced and it is only right that the review is undertaken in order to ensure the right lessons are learnt. I do believe it is important we understand all the information regarding the circumstances of the event before we pass judgement, so please be assured that I will continue to monitor all developments concerning these matters very closely indeed.
Since Sarah’s death many women have shared their stories, and these have been both powerful and concerning. Every woman in this country should feel safe to walk on our streets without fear of intimidation, harassment or violence.
I welcome the fact that the Home Secretary has stated her commitment to doing everything possible to protect women and girls from violence and harassment. This includes bringing forward a new strategy for tackling Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) later this year.
You may welcome the fact that the Government has reopened a call for evidence to collect further views from those with lived experience of, or views on, crimes considered as violence against women and girls. The consultation previously ran for 10 weeks from December to February. It will now remain open until 26 March 2021 and I encourage everyone who wishes to do so to take part.
For more information please see: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/violence-against-women-and-girls-vawg-call-for-evidence
Thank you again for writing to me about these very serious and important matters.
With best wishes.
Jonathan Lord MP
Member of Parliament for Woking