Only a few days to go: We’re raising £25,000 to keep TheyWorkForYou running and make sure people across the UK can hold their elected representatives to account.

Donate to our crowdfunder

Backbench Business — Gangs and Serious Youth Violence

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:43 pm on 3rd March 2016.

Alert me about debates like this

Photo of Angela Rayner Angela Rayner Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions) 12:43 pm, 3rd March 2016

My hon. Friend is making a powerful point. My constituency is in mourning this week because, on Monday, a young, 11-year-old lad was the victim of a hit and run by young people in a vehicle. He was killed outside the mosque in front of his father, and the whole community is in mourning. As I have said before, often our young people do not understand the consequences of using weapons, and they feel that it is just part of being in a gang, or part of youth culture. That has serious consequences for the rest of their lives and for the whole community.