4 March 2019 – yesterday’s press releases

Tory Govt must take responsibility for knife crime epidemic

Today Liberal Democrat Home Affairs spokesperson Ed Davey has called on the Conservative Government to take responsibility for the knife crime epidemic and invest in more police and youth services.

Ed Davey said:

Far too many innocent young lives are being taken by the epidemic of violence that is consuming our cities. Instead of just lamenting these tragedies and talking tough, Ministers need to accept their share of responsibility for this crisis.

When children are excluded from school and see their youth centres closed, it’s hardly surprising that so many of them fall into the grip of gangs. When they see fewer and fewer police officers on the streets, it’s hardly surprising that young people start carrying knives for protection.

There can be no doubt that unnecessary Tory cuts have made our communities less safe.

The Liberal Democrats demand better. We demand more community police officers, urgent investment in youth services and a dramatic reduction in the use of school exclusions – all part of a proper public health approach to tackle the shocking rise in knife crime.

Lib Dems to introduce legislation to scrap the gender price gap

Today (5th March) Liberal Democrat MP Christine Jardine has introduced a Bill to to end the so called ‘Pink Tax’.

Christine Jardine is launching her campaign to remove the gender price gap with a Bill to be presented to Parliament to mark International Women’s Day.

Commenting on her Private Member’s Bill, Ms Jardine said:

It is entirely unacceptable that in 2019 women and girls are still paying more than men for basic products, such as razors and deodorant. Whilst women are often still being paid less too, women really are being hit by a double whammy.

Products marketed at women are on average considerably more expensive than those marketed at men. Often the only difference is the colour, yet this unfair price gap will have a significant financial impact on a woman over the course of her life.

Liberal Democrats demand better. It’s time to get rid of this price gap. My Bill would remove this outdated and sexist tax on women once and for all.

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5 Comments

  • David Becket 5th Mar '19 - 10:35am

    School Exclusion is one of the contributors to knife crime.
    School Exclusions are on the increase.
    Why? Because Tories have cut school support staff funding.

    So let us call this Tory Knife Crime

  • nigel hunter 5th Mar '19 - 11:56am

    Tory Knife Crime, bang on. Cuts in Community Policing where the police get to know and be trusted by developing relationships in the areas,gone. Regular police presence on the streets,gone. Youth Clubs axed cos of austerity cuts leaving youths vulnerable to being picked up by crims on the streets..
    Youths do like to congregate in groups to identify with others, to form friendships,.. forced to do it on the streets. not in safety.
    In my own area the Youth van that toured the streets helping out in all sorts of ways ,gone.
    Yes. Also school exclusions.
    Hogan Howe and Cressida Dick commenting on the situation. Yes Tory Knife Crime.

  • Julian Heather 6th Mar '19 - 12:28pm

    Ed Davey’s press release says: “When they see fewer and fewer police officers on the streets, it’s hardly surprising that young people start carrying knives for protection.”

    Sorry, but it’s never acceptable to carry a knife and Ed should be saying just that, rather than apparently seeming to justify young people carrying knives.

    Living in Lambeth, and as chair of a safer neighbourhood panel for a Ward where there have been several deaths from knife stabbing, I have been to too many meetings following knife crime deaths. At a recent community meeting on the Tulse Hill Estate , following a death, I was struck by one mother whose child had been stabbed to death who told the meeting that she fully supports stop and search, and that if his son’s murderer had been stopped by the police, he would still be alive today.

  • Peter Watson 6th Mar '19 - 12:38pm

    “Products marketed at women are on average considerably more expensive than those marketed at men. Often the only difference is the colour, yet this unfair price gap will have a significant financial impact on a woman over the course of her life.”
    If this is a problem, then surely it would beg the question, why don’t women buy the cheaper product if “the only difference is the colour”? Perhaps education rather than legislation is needed.
    Though I also wonder what the Lib Dem response would be if a man had said “women choose to pay more for the same product just because of the colour”!

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