Thursday, 19 June 2014

The Government must stand up for victims of knife crime

Along with my Labour colleagues I’ve called on the Tory-led government to do more to tackle knife crime.
On Tuesday, Labour voted in Westminster to protect local communities by introducing minimum six-month jail sentences for those repeatedly committing knife crime.
This is an important issue for many people in Hyndburn and Haslingden and I wanted to show my support for victims and opponents of knife crime by backing Labour’s call for the Tory-led government to do more.
People are rightly worried about knife crime and I voted for this measure because it sends a strong message that carrying a knife is utterly unacceptable.

Neither Tory Ministers nor the Lib Dems chose to support this measure and many of you will be incredibly disappointed at the Government’s inaction on this issue.

I would absolutely echo the words of Sadiq Khan, Labour's Shadow Justice Secretary, who said: "We need to do more to stop the devastation caused by the scourge of knife crime and that's why we're supporting these changes to the law.

"But we do a huge disservice to the victims of knife crime if we give the impression that this alone will solve the problem. Much more needs to be done to ensure people are made aware of the consequences of carrying a knife and to divert people away from this destructive lifestyle.”