We know residents of Newham, Barking and Dagenham are very concerned about rising knife crime in their Boroughs. And we don't think there has been a sufficient sense of urgency from government, to deal with an issue that sees lives lost and families destroyed far too often in London.
Siobhan Benita, our Liberal Democrat candidate for London Mayor, has been speaking to LBC about knife crime.
Siobhan Benita spoke to on LBC about the latest crime statistics and how, as Mayor of London, she will take decisive action.
Siobhan Benita is an expert on knife crime, having been a member of the cross-parliamentary Youth Violence Commission that looked in the root causes of youth violence. Tackling knife crime will be her top priority.
She has a five-point plan that puts compassion back into the approach, investing in our young people and putting the community back into local policing.
Siobhan has been backed by Leroy Logan, the former police superintendent that quit as an advisor to Sadiq Khan because of his failure on knife crime. He said:
“Khan tried to scare people into submission and told them to ‘drop the knife or you go to prison.’ It's not just about punitive measures. It's also about prevention and intervention. He has let London down and we need a new mayor, and that person is Siobhan Benita.”