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Backbench Business — Gangs and Serious Youth Violence

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 11:43 am on 3rd March 2016.

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Photo of Chuka Umunna Chuka Umunna Labour, Streatham 11:43 am, 3rd March 2016

I entirely agree. When I was a trustee of a youth charity in Brixton called the 409 Project, I wrote an article in 2007 about the availability of guns and knives, and I did a kind of focus group with some of the young people in our area. What shocked me was the level of detail that some of our young people in Lambeth were able to give me about a gun—they could tell me how many bullets a MAC-10 could spray in a second or in a minute. My hon. Friend is right to raise that issue, and she is right to say that this is not just a London problem. The situation is serious and it is getting worse. It is not confined to London. Last Sunday a teenager was stabbed in Bristol. We hear of this happening all over the UK.