April’s Law petition attracts more respondents from Dartford than anywhere in the South of England


Dartford MP Gareth Johnson has taken part in a debate at the House of Commons on an E-petition relating to sentencing for child abuse offences after it was revealed that Dartford constituency had the largest group of respondents in the South of England.

The E-petition called April’s Law, which was signed by more than 127,000 people, said: “We the undersigned call on the Prime Minister to make all sex offenders remain on the register for life no matter the crime, for service providers and search engines to be better policed regarding child abuse images and harder sentences on those caught with indecent images of children.”

The Dartford constituency had the highest number of signatories in the South of England, with 341 people supporting it.

Mr Johnson said: “This petition illustrates the strength of feeling on this subject in Dartford. There needs to be better protection of children, rehabilitation will always be important but the protection of children must come first.

Mr Johnson, who has campaigned for more offences to be covered in the Unduly Lenient Sentencing Scheme, wants to see these offences included in the scheme.

He said: “The creation and distribution of indecent images of children is one of the offences where there is no power for the prosecution to appeal against sentence if it is too lenient. This is wrong and we need the law to change.