Rishi Sunak disowns new Tory deputy chair's death penalty call trends now
Rishi Sunak today disowned a call from the new Tory Party deputy chairman for the return of the death penalty.
The PM stressed that neither he nor the government wanted to bring back capital punishment after it emerged Lee Anderson argued it has a '100 per cent success rate' in stopping reoffending.
Responding to the comments in an incendiary interview - carried out before Mr Anderson was appointed in the reshuffle on Monday - Mr Sunak said: 'That's not my view, that's not the Government's view.
'But we are united in the Conservative Party in wanting to be absolutely relentless in bearing down on crime and making sure people are safe and feel safe.'
Speaking on a visit to Cornwall this morning, he suggested that the government was focused on 'tightening up sentencing laws' and making people 'safe'.
Speaking on a visit to Cornwall this morning with wife Akshata (left), Rishi Sunak (right) suggested that the government was focused on 'tightening up sentencing laws' and making people 'safe'
Lee Anderson, MP for Ashfield and new Tory deputy chairman, has called for the return of the death penalty