Violent Crime

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons on 17th June 2019.

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Photo of Rushanara Ali Rushanara Ali Labour, Bethnal Green and Bow

The recent murders in the constituency of my hon. Friend Jim Fitzpatrick have sent shockwaves through our borough. Knife crime in Tower Hamlets has increased by 34% over the past eight years. We are having to come to the House week in, week out to ask the Government to intervene, to provide more policing, more youth facilities and more services, to protect people, to prevent crime, and to prevent the needless loss of lives. Does the Minister agree that this crisis is a national emergency? Although she has been put up to defend the Government and to explain the situation, this is not good enough. The Government must take serious action and invest serious amounts of money to tackle this problem, or we will sadly be back here again next week and the week after to raise these issues. Things cannot go on like this.