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.
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.