TORIES have reported Sir Keir Starmer to Britain's statistics watchdog over claims he's misled the public by wrongly claiming crime is going up.
The Labour boss was slammed for repeatedly using tweaked stats which show reported crime has gone up – even though most people's experience shows it's dropped.
Furious policing minister Kit Malthouse has written to Sir David Norgrove head of the UK Statistics Authority, to complain about the "false" stats.
He said the Office for National Statistics recommends people use The Crime Survey for England and Wales as the most reliable measure of trends – not police recorded crime.
Home Office sources said more bobbies on the beat would naturally lead to more reports of crime, but that the overall trends of people experiencing crimes had fallen.
The Crime Survey for England and Wales says crime has dropped by around nine percent between June 2019 and the beginning of lockdown.
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Theft has dropped 12 per cent and criminal damage down 13 per cent in the same timeframe, it says.
In a letter, seen by The Sun, he stormed: "The public have a right not to be misled, especially with regard to a subject as emotive and important as crime.
"I request that you investigate the Leader of the Labour Party’s claims and issue the necessary censure should you decide that his comments were misleading."
But Labout stood by Sir Keir's claims and said the stats he had used were accuate.
A Labour spokesman said last night: “Violent crime has more than doubled since 2015, with the number of suspects charged down by a quarter over the same period. Every area in England and Wales has seen a rise in anti-social behaviour since 2015.
“Labour would put more police on our streets to tackle crime. That ministers are spending their time writing peevish letters rather than tackling the problems tells its own story.”
Kit Malthouse’s letter in full
Dear Sir David,
I am writing to express my concern over comments made by the Leader of the Opposition, Sir Keir Starmer QC MP, in the House of Commons, to the media and on social media on Wednesday 28 April 2021 and Thursday 29 April 2021.
During Prime Ministers Questions on Wednesday 28 April 2021, Sir Keir claimed that ‘crime is going up’.
He repeated this claim in a clip to the media and finally he tweeted a video of his remarks in the Chamber.
These claims are false and conflict with official figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
The Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) is the most reliable measure of trends in crime.
Between the year ending June 2019 and the beginning of lockdown (year ending March 2020), the Survey estimated a significant 9% reduction in crime.
Underlying this were significant falls in theft (12%) and criminal damage (13%).
Since the pandemic began, the ONS quarterly publication has reported based on findings from a Telephone-operated Crime Survey for England and Wales (TCSEW) and police recorded crime.
The ONS have made clear that TCSEW estimates are not directly comparable with estimates derived from the face-to-face Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW).
The public have a right not to be misled, especially with regard to a subject as emotive and important as crime.
I request that you investigate the Leader of the Labour Party’s claims and issue the necessary censure should you decide that his comments were misleading.
Kit Malthouse – Minister of State in the Home Office and Ministry of Justice.
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