On Friday 27 April, the Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Bill received its Third Reading in the House of Commons.

The Bill, which was first introduced by my colleague Chris Bryant MP, seeks to introduce a new offence of assaulting an emergency worker, new sentencing guidance, and new powers to take bodily samples from suspects.

This legislation is a vital means of protecting those emergency service workers who work hard to protect us all, including police officers, firefighters, paramedics, doctors and nurses, as well as the people assisting them.

I was present during the debate on Friday and I am very pleased to report that the Bill passed its Third Reading and will now proceed through the House of Lords.

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