PMQs LIVE: May CLASHES with Corbyn over spiralling knife crime

Posted on Mar 8 2019 - 8:26am by admin

The Labour leader accused Mrs May of not doing enough to tackle the “root cause” of the rise in knife crime. It comes after another week of violence across the country, including the murders of 17-year-olds Jodie Chesney and Yousef Makki. At the start of PMQs Mrs May said: “The deaths of anyone through an act of violence is an appalling tragedy. 

“A growing number of young people have lost their lives in a growing cycle of violence that has shocked us all. Our thoughts and prayers are with the friends and families of all the victims.

“The responsibility for the crimes lies with the perpetrators of them but we must all do more to ensure justice is served and tackle the root causes of this violence and bring it to an end and ensure the safety of our young people.

“I will be holding a summit in Number 10 in the coming days to bring together ministers, community leaders, agencies and others, and I will also be meeting with the victims of these appalling crimes to listen to their stories and to explore what more we can do as a whole society to tackle this problem.”

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12.35pm update: Tory MP demands action over knife crime

Hornchurch and Upminster MP Julia Lopez said it was with “profound sadness” her constituency had joined the “all too long list of areas across our country to have lost a precious young person to knife crime”.

She asked what action Mrs May was taking to keep children safe, saying: “The public don’t want to see politicians throw blame at one another for these stolen lives.

“They want to see them take responsibility for what’s within their control, provide resources if resource is necessary and then demonstrate a relentless and total commitment to snuffing out violent crime.”

Mrs May said a “cross-society approach” was needed and she had launched a consultation on the public health model that had successfully reduced knife crime in Glasgow.

She added: “It’s not just about catching the perpetrators, it’s about preventing the crime from taking place in the first place.”

12:30pm update: Labour MP calls on PM to delay Brexit

Labour’s Anna McMorin demanded Brexit is delayed, saying: “It is my daughter’s 16th birthday on March 29. Can the Prime Minister give her an early birthday present and delay Brexit until she has informed the house of the state of police and NCA investigations after Vote Leave and Leave.eu were found guilty of corrupt activities?”

Mrs May responded that Parliament must deliver the 2016 referendum result.

She said: “Parliament gave the UK the decision on whether to leave or stay. They chose to leave and it’s important we deliver on that.”

12.25pm: SNP’s Ian Blackford slams EU Settlement Scheme

The SNP’s Westminster leader Ian Blackford condemned the policy of EU citizens having to register to continue living in the UK.

He asked about an 87-year-old who has lived in Scotland for almost six decades.

He said: “A woman that has lived here for 60 years and the Prime Minister wants to register her to stay here. Will the PM end this heartless policy?”

Mrs May replied: “We recognise the contribution they have made to society.

“It is at the front of the Brexit talks and it’s why the government has guaranteed those rights are protected even without a deal. This is their home and we want them to stay.”

12:15pm update: Corbyn blames austerity for increasing violent crime

Mr Corbyn blamed austerity for increasing levels of violent crime.

He said: “The public services that were that to support young people have been systematically stopped away and every can see the consequences of that.

“You have to invest in all out communities in every part of this country – something this Government is incapable of doing.”

Mrs May hit back: “If he was worried about austerity he would make sure it would never the happen again.

“Remember why we took those measures, because of the state of the economy his party left us in. And he would take us right back to austerity square one.”

12.10pm update: Mr Corbyn slams police cuts

Mr Corbyn challenged Mrs May insisting there must be more police funding to address growing levels of violence.

The Prime Minister replied that the problem must be tackled “across a number of fronts”.

12:05pm update: PM to hold urgent meeting over knife crime crisis

The Prime Minister revealed she is organising a meeting at Downing Street in a bid to tackle the UK’s spiralling knife crime crisis.

Mrs May said: “I will be holding a summit in Number 10 in the coming days to bring together ministers, community leaders, agencies and others, and I will also be meeting with the victims of these appalling crimes to listen to their stories and to explore what more we can do as a whole society to tackle this problem.”

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