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Backbench Business — Gangs and Serious Youth Violence

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

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Photo of Matthew Pennycook Matthew Pennycook Labour, Greenwich and Woolwich 12:43 pm, 3rd March 2016

My hon. Friend is making a powerful case. There have been 35 gang-flagged incidents in Greenwich and Woolwich in the few months since I was elected last May, including far too many tragic deaths in the Woolwich area. Given that, and the epidemic that hon. Members have described, does she agree that it makes no sense for the Government to pull front-line capacity, peer reviewers and national co-ordinators out of the ending gang and youth violence programme?