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Street order ‘number one priority’ after riots says Toby Perkins

Street order ‘number one priority’ after riots says Toby Perkins

After MPs were re-called to the House of Commons today during the summer recess, Toby Perkins, Labour Member of Parliament for Chesterfield and Shadow Minister has called on continued police support to maintain law and order on the streets in many urban communities across the country.

Speaking from the House of Commons, the Shadow Minister for Children said: “that the number one priority was for a bolstered police presence to defeat the rioters and to bring stability back to those areas worst affected over the last seven days.”

After shops and businesses were smashed and looted by hundreds of co-ordinated attacks in London, and more recently the Midlands and North West, the Government has been called on to provide instant support for the victims of theft and criminal damage. Council’s urgently need access to emergency capital to provide financial assistance to deprived areas, and to ensure that those areas are not left to cope with the loss of livelihoods alone.

Mr Perkins added “While stating that the Government must do more to address serious concerns around gangs and the alienation of many young people in cities and towns, Mr. Perkins has stressed the importance of re-instating order on many streets as quickly as possible.  

Mr. Perkins said:-

“The riots in London, and now elsewhere across the UK, show serious problems with our society which if not addressed will only get worse. There is a sense that we are seeing an increasingly fractured society, and we need a thorough examination of our policies towards young people and the chances of advancement in life.

But for now the number one priority is for the police to reinstate law and order and for the Government to provide financial assistance to those who have lost jobs and businesses as a result of these disgraceful actions. The scenes across the UK have been appalling, as innocent hard working people have had their livelihoods taken away with dangerous and threatening behavior. We need tough action now to secure whatever measures are necessary to ensure communities are safe and people can once go about rebuilding their lives.

Then the government must recognize that their plans to cut Police, decimate youth work, opt for softer sentencing and reduce CCTV are all steps in the wrong direction, we need a safer Britain with better life chances and a fairer contribution to our country from the top to the bottom of our society.”

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