Stephen has led a debate in the House of Commons calling for stricter sentences on those who commit acid attacks. Stephen tabled for the debate after figures showed an increasing trend of acid attacks in London.
During his speech on Monday evening, Stephen called for tougher sentences; a crackdown on sales; and a new criminal offence for those found carrying sulphuric acid. His comments were echoed by neighbouring MP, Lyn Brown, who said: "...we need to make sure that we control those substances too, because sales will move online if it’s not possible to buy at the corner shop.”
Responding to Stephen, Home Office Minister, Sarah Newton MP said the government will be doing “everything possible to tackle the emerging threat”, with those who commit acid attacks being subjected to the “full force of the law”. Earlier in the day she already indicated acid attack convictions could soon carry life sentences as part of a crackdown on corrosive substances unveiled by the government, which includes a review of existing measures.
Speaking afterwards, Stephen said: “I welcome the announcement that the government will be looking at acid attacks over the summer recess. I will be asking Ministers for an update when the House of Commons returns in September. There can be no reason to delay action on these wicked attacks."