Umunna: My community would never forgive me if I allowed tribal, party politics to get in the way of us working together to stop serious youth violence
Chuka Umunna MP has today accepted an invitation from Home Secretary Amber Rudd MP to join the Serious Violence Taskforce.
The Taskforce has been set up in response to a spate of attacks in London, including in his constituency of Streatham, committed predominantly by and against young people as part of ongoing problems of serious youth violence.
Chuka Umunna MP, the Labour MP for Streatham, commenting on his appointment to the Government’s cross-party Serious Violence Taskforce, said:
“My community would never forgive me if I allowed tribal, party politics to get in the way of us working together to stop the extreme and serious youth violence that has been blighting our streets for far too long. This is why I have not hesitated in accepting the Home Secretary’s invitation to join the Government’s cross-party Serious Violence Taskforce. We need a more joined up approach across the whole of the public sector and that must include Parliament.
“The Taskforce will bring together those in the voluntary sector, the police, local government and other stakeholders to ensure the Government’s Serious Violence Strategy is delivered effectively and doing what the community wants – to bring an end to the bloodshed and tragedy unfolding every week. In addition to carrying out my duties as a legislator scrutinising Government policy, this provides an excellent opportunity to hold the Government to account and to see whether policy is being properly implemented in my community and in others affected by this violence.”