People convicted of serious violent sex crimes will no longer be automatically released halfway through their prison sentences under plans to be announced at the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester.

The Justice Secretary Robert Buckland is expected to announce the plans as part of a review ordered by the Prime Minister.

He is expected to say, “We owe it to victims to make this change.Punishment and rehabilitation are not opposites. We have to do both. Conservatives believe in offering a second chance to those who are ready to change.”

Offenders in England and Wales will be released at the two-thirds point in their sentence under strict licence conditions. If offenders break these conditions, they would be returned to prison.

The Conference will also be addressed by the Home Secretary

Priti Patel will say: “As we renew our place as the party of law and order in Britain, let the message go out from this hall today: To the British people – we hear you.

“To the police service: We back you.

“And to the criminals, I simply say this: We are coming after you.”

Ms Patel, the daughter of Ugandan Asians, will tell the gathering: “Margaret Thatcher knew that if you made the British people your compass, if you took time to understand their lives and their priorities, then your direction would always be true.

“This daughter of immigrants needs no lectures from the north London metropolitan liberal elite on how our country is enriched by – and better for – being internationalist.”


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