A LAW should be introduced to treat witnesses and victims of crime with the 'dignity and respect' they deserve, according to Barnsley MP Dan Jarvis.

In response to the government's Victims' Code consultation, Mr Jarvis said committing to a victim's law would be the only way to put victims first.

The consultation sets out reforms to give victims clearer entitlements from criminal justice agencies.

But Mr Jarvis said: "Only by enshrining clear enforceable rights in an Act of Parliament will our criminal justice system treat victims and witnesses with the proper dignity and respect they deserve."

He said Labour would legislate for the introduction of a victim's law to ensure that would provide cultural change across the criminal justice system.