Thornberry Exposes Starmer’s Flawed Rape Record at CPS in Resurfaced BBC Video

Labour’s Emily Thornberry criticises Keir Starmer’s performance as CPS head in a recently unearthed BBC clip.


In a recently discovered BBC clip, Labour MP Emily Thornberry has been caught attacking party leader Keir Starmer’s record on rape prosecutions during his time as head of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). The resurfaced video has ignited a firestorm within the Labour Party, raising questions about the unity of the party under Starmer’s leadership.

The unearthed footage, taken from a 2012 episode of the BBC programme Question Time, features Thornberry criticising Starmer’s handling of rape cases during his tenure as Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP). In the video, Thornberry argues that there was a “culture of disbelief” at the CPS under Starmer’s leadership, leading to a decline in successful rape prosecutions.


“I think there is a culture of disbelief, and it starts right at the top with Keir Starmer,” Thornberry says in the clip. “The fact of the matter is that rape convictions have gone down since he’s been in charge.”

The resurfaced video has sparked a heated debate within the Labour Party and beyond. Supporters of Starmer argue that the former DPP’s record should be viewed in the context of broader societal factors that may have impacted rape prosecution rates during his time at the CPS. Detractors, however, maintain that Thornberry’s comments reveal a lack of confidence in Starmer’s ability to lead the party effectively.

The revelation comes at a particularly challenging time for the Labour Party, which has struggled to maintain a cohesive message and unite under Starmer’s leadership. In the wake of the resurfaced video, calls for a stronger focus on addressing sexual violence and re-examining the party’s stance on key issues have grown louder among Labour supporters and critics alike.

While Starmer has yet to respond directly to the unearthed footage, the increased scrutiny on his record at the CPS is likely to further strain the party’s unity and could potentially impact his position as Labour leader moving forward.

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