The last Royal Commission into policing took place in 1962. Now is the time to conduct a root and branch review of policing, with a Royal Commission, which will establish what is required to ensure that the police deliver a service to the public that is fit for purpose, both now and in the future.
• The police should be adequately funded and paid. The entire police budget for 2018/19 at £7.3bn is half the Overseas Aid budget. The first priority of HM Government should be the protection of its own citizens.
• In 2013, David Cameron’s Coalition Government introduced direct entry to the senior ranks of policing, thus ending 180 years of tradition which holds that all recruits to the police start their careers as constables. UKIP will reverse this decision.
• The Crown Prosecution Service has consistently shown itself to be unfit for purpose. UKIP will abolish the CPS and return prosecutorial powers to police forces and their own prosecution lawyers.
• UKIP will scrap the Crown Prosecution Service’s guidelines on ‘hate crime’, which are purely subjective. Victims of crime should all be treated equally, irrespective of the motives of the criminal.
• UKIP will repeal all of the EU-inspired legislation that binds us to EU legal institutions and EU legal instruments, e.g. the European Arrest Warrant, and replace them with the pre-existing agreements on mutual co-operation, or new treaties that protect the fundamental rights of UK citizens under our laws. Likewise, UKIP would repeal the USA Extradition Treaty and negotiate a new treaty that protects the rights of our citizens under our laws.
• Police forces must be required to investigate real crimes against the person and property as a priority and not social media ‘hate speech’ accusations. London’s Metropolitan Police reportedly has 900 plus officers dedicated to investigating ‘hate-crime’ while the city endures a stabbing and acid attack epidemic.
• We will ensure that the police and relevant bodies take a zero-tolerance approach to unacceptable ‘cultural’ practices such as female genital mutilation (FGM).
• The prison service should be adequately funded and prison officers adequately paid. UKIP opposes the privatisation of the prison system and will reverse the process. All prisoners should be in the custody of officers of the Crown answerable to Ministers and not private companies.
• UKIP would seek to deport foreign criminals, and where possible to have agreements with foreign states whereby we pay them so that their citizens can serve their sentences in their own countries. It would be cheaper, and might also act as something of a deterrent. Such criminals would be have a life-time ban on re-entry to the UK.
• UKIP would build new prisons as necessary to accommodate the number of persons convicted of imprisonable crimes.
Animal welfare standards in the UK are some of the highest in the world. Much of the current EU legislation relating to welfare for pets, farm animals, wild animals, and animals used in research, has been drawn from the UK.
When we leave the EU, we will be able to take back control of animal health and welfare legislation, and to update and improve our laws to ensure that animals in the UK have the most robust protections.
• When we have left the EU, we will be able to end the export of live animals for slaughter – an inhumane practice made possible by EU legislation.
The general population is already consuming ritually slaughtered, non-stunned meat unknowingly and by default because its use is now commonplace in schools, restaurants, works canteens etc. Killing animals without first rendering them unconscious causes unnecessary suffering. The percentage of non-stunned meat is at least 25% of the total, if not more. UKIP would end the export of live animals for slaughter.
• Current UK law states all animals must be stunned prior to slaughter – unless it is for a religious purpose. UKIP will repeal the law allowing exemptions for ritual non-stun slaughter. This is an animal welfare issue and we should all abide by the same laws. Legislation banning non-stunned slaughter already exists in some European countries, for example, Germany, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland.
• Those wishing to eat non-stunned slaughtered meat can continue to do so as World Trade Organisation rules allow the importation of such meat; but UKIP would require this meat to be clearly labelled, so that consumers may make an informed choice.