The Youth Violence Commission
Following the murders of five young people in Lewisham Deptford constituency, I arranged for a debate to take place in Parliament in March 2016, led by my colleague Chuka Umunna MP. The debate called for the House to establish an independent, cross-party commission to identify the root causes of and solutions to serious youth violence across the UK. The debate lasted three hours and covered a wide range of issues - such as links to the sale of illegal drugs, gang culture, the impact of knife crime on affected families and communities, the role of the media and the importance of considering poverty and deprivation in the context of serious youth violence. These issues, among many others, will be investigated by the Youth Violence Commission (YVC) in its search for solutions to lower rates of youth violence in our cities.
About the Youth Violence Commission
The YVC is a parliamentary campaign to end youth violence across the UK and was officially launched in July 2016. The commissioners - Chuka Umunna MP, James Cleverly MP, Mark Field MP, Greg Mulholland MP, Chris Stephens MP and myself - are a group of cross-party MPs who oversee and direct the work of the YVC. However, the commission is much more than a parliamentary project and we will be working with a range of grassroots organisations and experts across the country in our aim to seek evidence based solutions to end youth violence in the UK.
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