Thursday 31 January 2019 / 9:54 AM Crime / Diane Abbott

Tories have rushed out this measure late in the day because they are completely failing to tackle knife crime – Diane Abbott

Diane Abbott MP, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary, commenting on the Home Office’s new Asbo-style orders designed to tackle knife violence, said:

“The Tories have rushed out this measure late in the day because they are completely failing to tackle knife crime and serious violent crime of all types.

“Labour is committed to a public health approach to violent crime because it works and in October last year, the Home Secretary said the government shared this view. But these orders have nothing to do with that approach and there is no serious evidence to support them.

“The Tories’ approach of more laws without the police to enforce them is pointless politicking. This Government has cut twenty-one thousand officers and undermined the fight against all crime. What we need is police officers to tackle crime of all types, and Labour is committed to recruiting the police that we need.”