Priti Patel to set out efforts to tackle climate change protesters and violence against women

Home Secretary Priti Patel will speak at the Tory party conference on Tuesday. Credit: PA

Home Secretary Priti Patel is to outline new efforts to tackle both violence against women and climate change protesters.

In the wake of the killings of Sarah Everard and Sabina Nessa, Ms Patel will use her Conservative Party Conference speech to say those targeting women and girls will “feel the full force of the law”.

She is expected to say: “Such unconscionable crimes and acts of violence against women and girls have no place in our society. And that is why I have redoubled my efforts to ensure women and girls feel safer.”

Similarly to Ms Patel, Justice Secretary Dominic Raab is expected to address violence against women and girls in his conference speech. He will reiterate that his “number one priority” is to protect this demographic, as well as to outline his vision for reforming the Human Rights Act.

Mr Raab is scheduled to promise to “transform” the way the justice system treats violence against women and make the streets safer so that “women can walk home at night, without having to look over their shoulder”.

At the conference in Manchester, the home secretary will also confirm plans for tougher powers against the likes of Insulate Britain and Extinction Rebellion.

Ms Patel is preparing to announce an increase in the maximum penalties for disrupting a motorway, while also criminalising interference with major roads, railways and the press.

The Home Office will also give the police and courts new powers to deal with the “small minority of offenders” who are “intent” on travelling around the country with the aim of “causing disruption and misery across our communities”.

A £15 million expansion in testing suspects for drugs on arrest will also be announced in Ms Patel's speech. This could lead to them to being given treatment for their addictions.

Ms Patel will address the issue of migrants crossing the Channel.

In her speech, Ms Patel will tell activists there is “no reason” for an asylum seeker to cross the Channel from France as she renews her vow to control the flow of small boats arriving into the UK.

There is an ongoing row with the French over efforts to tackle the crossings, but Ms Patel will say: “We make no apology for securing our borders and exploring all possible options to save lives by ending these horrific journeys.”

Mr Raab – who was demoted to justice secretary in September’s reshuffle – will use his speech to say that more than 25,000 criminals will be fitted with ankle tags as part of a £183 million plan to expand the use of electronic monitoring to cut crime.

Home Secretary Priti Patel and Prime Minister Boris Johnson at the Tory conference in Manchester Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA

It will include 10,000 prolific thieves, burglars and robbers being fitted with GPS tags as they come out of prison and around 3,500 high-risk domestic abusers also having their whereabouts monitored in this way.

More than 12,000 offenders will be subjected to wearing sobriety tags to watch their alcohol consumption.

The funding will see the number of people tagged at any one time rise from around 13,500 this year to around 25,000 by 2025.

Mr Raab will also set out a £90 million plan to increase community work carried out by criminals to around eight million hours a year which will look to recruit 500 more unpaid supervisors and focus on cleaning up streets and other open spaces.

Justice secretary Dominic Raab

The justice secretary is expected to say: “This major increase in high-tech GPS tagging will see us leading the world in using technology to fight crime and keep victims safe.

“From tackling alcohol-fuelled violence and burglary to protecting domestic abuse victims, we are developing tags to make our streets and communities safer.”

The GPS tagging project started in April and was expanded to half of England and Wales last week.

The pilot could be rolled out nationwide, if it is found to be successful at cutting crime and helping police catch offenders.

Criminals in England who commit drink-fuelled crimes can be required to wear ankle tags that monitor their sweat for alcohol every 30 minutes.

They have been ordered for more than 1,500 offenders serving community sentences since they were rolled out a year ago.

The other main speaker in the conference chamber will be Health Secretary Sajid Javid.

The Times reported that he is preparing new powers to seize control of poorly performing hospitals and sack managers who fail to clear NHS backlogs.