Brixton MP challenges Johnson over knife crime report

MP speaking in House of Commons
Helen Hayes speaking in the House of Commons

Local MP Helen Hayes, whose constituency covers much of Brixton, today (15 July) challenged the prime minister on the government’s failure to combat rising levels of knife crime.

She said her challenge follows the “appalling murder” of-18-year old Donnell Rhule on the Kingswood Estate in the south of her Dulwich and West Norwood constituency last week.

Hayes called on the prime minister to commit to implement the recommendations of the Youth Violence Commission’s final report, due to be released tomorrow.

The commission published an interim report two years ago.

The Youth Violence Commission calls for the introduction of a cross-government public health approach to tackling serious violence, investment in youth, mental health and early years services and community policing, and reform of the criminal justice system.

View Helen Hayes’ challenge and the prime minister’s response