MP backs tough sentences for rioters

By Verity Reeves

Monday, August 22, 2011

 

ISLAND MP Andrew Turner has spoken out in support of the tough sentences given to those who participated in the riots in London and across the country.

The recent sentences have been criticised by some LibDem and Labour MPs.

Mr Turner said those who participated in the riots, who he describes as 'the mindlessly violent and criminal minority', and those who attempted to incite civil unrest should receive a penalty, which would act as a punishment as well as a deterrent to others.

Mr Turner believes that not only were the sentences necessary but also 'absolutely correct' and supported by the majority of the British public. He said those who disagree were "simply pandering to the criminal, abusive and violent elements in our society."

He also said the government should consider withdrawing benefits from those convicted of rioting and looting.

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