Jeremy Corbyn MP, Leader of the Labour Party, responding to the national knife crime crisis in a video today, said “I have sat in the living rooms of too many families in my own community consoling them after they’ve lost a child.
“Hundreds of young people have lost their lives. It is a national crisis and it is only getting worse.
“Since 2010, we’ve seen 21,000 police officers taken off our streets and 760 youth centres closed.
“We’ve experienced the tearing of the social fabric of our communities.
“The Prime Minister says there is no link between cuts to our police and soaring levels of violent crime.
“She needs to listen to grieving families, police chiefs across the country and her own Home Secretary, and the communities decimated by cuts.
“Young people shouldn’t pay the price for austerity with their lives.
“The only way to solve this national emergency is with direct and immediate action.
“We need to give young people the support they need, police on our streets and investment so that we can rebuild our communities.”