Harriet Harman

Member of Parliament for Camberwell and Peckham. Mother of the House of Commons

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Prime Minister must get a grip on knife crime with cross-government response

All of us watching the news were outraged that after 5 people were murdered in just one week in London the Government refused the Met Police’s request for extra money to tackle knife crime. On 10th March every London Labour MP wrote to the Chancellor to redouble our demands that the Government give the police the resources they need. This is a national crisis. Labour are calling for an emergency committee coordinated by No.10 to develop a clear vision for all parts of government, and actions for police, prevention programmes, youth centres, schools, councils and mental health services. It is time for Theresa May to step up and provide focus and leadership. I met Southwark Police Chief, Simon Messinger, to discuss the local response.

 

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