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Part of Debate on the Address – in the House of Commons at 11:38 am on 16th October 2019.

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Photo of Yvette Cooper Yvette Cooper Chair, Home Affairs Committee 11:38 am, 16th October 2019

The Home Secretary will know that the Home Affairs Committee conducted an inquiry into serious and violent crime, looking particularly at knife crime. In Castleford this week, two teenagers have been stabbed, following a pensioner being stabbed to death in Pontefract. Our Committee has warned for some time that serious and violent crime is spreading to towns; it is not just concentrated in cities. We recommended in our report not only a big increase in policing but a big investment in youth services, which have been cut by £1 billion since 2010. Can she tell the House what she is doing to urgently invest in youth services, before more lives are lost?