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London knife crime: MP Stella Creasy lists victims stabbed to death in 2019 in powerful Commons speech



A London MP used a House of Commons speech to list all the people stabbed to death in the capital so far this year as she labelled the bloodshed an “emergency”.

Walthamstow MP Stella Creasy called on home secretary Sajid Javid, who appeared before the Commons to answer an urgent question on knife crime, to do more to tackle the issue.

Labour’s Ms Creasy opened her speech by saying: “Jodie Chesney. Charlotte Huggins. Tudor Simionov. Nedim Bilgin. Lejean Richards. Dennis Anderson. Aliny Mendes. Simbiso Aretha Moula. Sarah Ashraf. Asma Begum. Kamil Malysz. Bright Akinleye. Glendon Spence. Che Morrison. David Lopez-Fernandez. Kamali Gabbidon-Lynck. Brian Wieland. Jaden Moodie.

“I’m not sure that is a complete list of everyone who has been killed by a knife in London this year alone, but I can tell the home secretary that the taskforces, the consultations, the reports – isn’t working.

Stella Creasy listed fatal stab victims in London so far in 2019 (parliamentlive.tv)

“What on earth will it take for him to recognise this is an emergency that requires an emergency response?”

Ms Creasy didn’t mention Elize Stevens, who was found stabbed to death in a property in Hendon, north-west London, on Saturday.

Sajid Javid addresses knife crime in the Commons

Mr Javid responded: “She reminds this House that it’s such a tragic loss of life.

“She’s absolutely right to highlight this. But as I say, I really wish, standing here, there was just one simple answer. One single thing that could be done. We require action across multiple fronts and the best way to achieve that is for all us to recognise that and to work together to deliver it.”

Mr Javid, who called for a cross-party approach towards dealing with knife crime across the country, earlier referenced Home Office plans to raise police funding by £970 million.

It came after Prime Minister Theresa May claimed there was “no direct correlation between certain crimes and police numbers”.



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