Sir Keir Starmer branded ‘weak on crime’ for saying he would let off Class A drug users with just a warning

LABOUR leader Sir Keir Starmer was branded “weak on crime” tonight for saying he would let off Class A drug users with a warning.

The ex-top prosecutor said it was “probably the right thing to do” after Scottish lawmakers said, in a bid to cut death rates, users of hard drugs will be given a talking to instead of being nicked.

Earlier this week Lord Advocate Dorothy Bain told Members of the Scottish Parliament coppers should only give addicts warnings in a bid to lower hard drug death rates.

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Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has been branded ‘weak on crime’ for saying he would let off Class A drug users with a warningCredit: PA

While Sir Keir admitted drug laws should not be relaxed he appeared to agree with the controversial policy.

Home Secretary Priti Patel blasted Sir Keir in a tweet.

She said: “Drugs devastate lives. They ruin communities and tear families apart.

“Under @Keir_Starmer, @UKLabour is weak on crime and weak on the causes of crime.”

Scotland logged a record 1,339 drug-related deaths in 2020 – by far the highest rate in Europe – with the Scottish government pledging to make it a “national mission” to cut fatalities.

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