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Black cab rapist John Worboys is ‘still a threat to women’ says Labour’s Emily Thornberry


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Black cab rapist John Worboys is 'still a threat to women' says Labour's Emily Thornberry
Shadow Foreign Secretary said Worboys is still a threat to women (Picture: BBC)

Black cab rapist John Worboys is still a threat a women, the Shadow Foreign Secretary told the Andrew Marr show.

Labour’s Emily Thornberry questioned whether Worboys, who is suspected of assaulting over 100 women, has benefitted from a failure to effectively prosecute rape cases.

Her comments follow the Parole Board’s decision last week to release Worboys after serving almost ten years in prison for attacks on 12 women.

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Ms Thornberry said she doesn’t think the victims are going to be convinced that Worboys isn’t a threat to women.

She said: ‘We are coming from a very dark place, rapes cases have not been prosecuted properly for quite a long time. There are improvements but the question is, have they improved enough?’

Worboys release is a 'threat to women' says Emily Thornberry
Last week the Parole Board said Worboys would be freed (Picture: REX/Shutterstock)

Appearing on the show after Ms Thornberry, the new chairman of the Tory party Brandon Lewis, said the justice secretary David Guake, will do everything he can to make sure Worboys stays behind bars.

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Following a mass outcry, Mr Gauke has sought legal advice on the prospect of keeping the serial sex locked up.

Following the decision to release him questions were raised as to why all of the complainants who came forward had not seen their cases brought to trial.

There were also criticisms over a failure to inform some victims of his planned release.

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A Ministry of Justice spokesman said: ‘Mr Gauke commissioned, mid-last week, advice on the plausibility of a judicial review and the prospect of success of any judicial review.

‘The Secretary of State is minded to move forward only if there was a reasonable prospect of success.’

It is understood Worboys’ licence conditions have not yet been finalised and victims will have a chance to give their views to the Parole Board before his release.

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