The streets of London are being plagued by gangs and knives, but the rise in gun crime takes this epidemic of violent crime to a whole new level.

This rising of tide of violence accelerated nationally in 2014, when Theresa May was the Home Secretary, the actual Minister in charge of policing and tackling crime. This worrying trend has continued to prevail across the country but has become particularly apparent in London.

Under her Tory Government we have seen our public services cut to the bone. These crippling cuts, whether they be to policing budgets, youth services, school exclusion services or border forces, have allowed gangs to prosper in our communities.

I opposed these cuts to our services, and frankly I am outraged by this Government’s apparent lack of support and protection for our community here in Haringey.

David Lammy, MP for Tottenham and I have written a letter to outline what actions we have taken already and please be assured we will continue to fight not just more funding for police in Haringey but for the implementation of a comprehensive strategy that deals with both the causes and the consequences of this violent crime epidemic that is sweeping our streets.

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