Khalife escape shows government failing duty to keep people safe, says Labour

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2023-09-11 04:00:12  • 4 mins

The escape of a terrorism suspect from Wandsworth prison epitomises how the government is failing in its duty to keep people safe, Labour has said, saying it comes in the context of other policy meltdowns such as crumbling concrete in schools.

After Daniel Khalife, 21 was charged with escaping custody a day after he was arrested, the focus has turned to wider issues of staffing and resources in the prison service and whether these played a role in his escape.

Alex Chalk, the justice secretary, said 40 of the 1,600 prisoners inside Wandsworth prison in south-west London had been moved to other prisons, and that the preliminary findings of an internal inquiry into the escape should be ready by the end of the week.

But in another sign of an election campaign likely to be focused on whether basic public services in the UK work properly after 13 years of Conservative rule, Labour accused Rishi Sunak of personally ignoring warnings in a series of areas.

As well as last weeks escape, and the thousands of students affected by unsafe concrete structures in schools, Labour highlighted reports of alleged Chinese spying in parliament to argue the Tory party had been too busy sorting out its own drama at the expense of the British people.

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