Serious Violence

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:31 pm on 15th May 2019.

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Photo of Diane Abbott Diane Abbott Shadow Home Secretary 3:31 pm, 15th May 2019

Absolutely. I have always argued that evidence-based stop-and-search has an important role to play. The Opposition fully support targeted, evidence-based stop-and-search. What has proved problematic in the past is non-evidence-based, random stop-and-search. I accept that one thing that has helped in the use of stop-and-search, as the Home Secretary says, is body-worn cameras, which minimise accusations on either side—by the person who has been stopped and searched or by the police officer. Evidence-based stop-and-search is a good thing; random stop-and-search has a very chequered history of exacerbating community tensions.