Political big guns back LIVES NOT KNIVES campaign

Backing: Harriet Harman

Support: Ed Balls

First published in News

HIGH profile politicians have backed the Gazette’s anti-knife campaign.

Shadow chancellor and former Home Office minister Ed Balls and deputy Labour Party leader Harriet Harman are throwing their support behind the Lives Not Knives campaign, which was launched by the Gazette last week.

Former Clacton MP and current Tendring district councillor Ivan Henderson said the Labour MPs backed the campaign at this week’s party conference in Manchester.

“They are both very supportive,” he said. “This sort of crime touches every part of the country and no matter who you are, you can’t help but feel for families like that of Jay’s who have suffered such a tragedy."

Conservative Clacton MP Douglas Carswell has already shown his support for the campaign.

He was joined by Harwich and North Essex colleague Bernard Jenkin, who said: “I think this an excellent campaign.

“The objective must be to persuade particularly younger people of the pointlessness of carrying a knife. “This campaign mustn't be about spreading fear of knife crime, it must about saving lives.

“I congratulate the Gazette for taking this issue so seriously.”

Colchester Lib Dem Sir Bob Russell said: “To my mind there is absolutely no excuse for anybody to carry a knife and I do endorse the campaign.”

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1:26pm Fri 5 Oct 12

is it me 47 says...

Crimes of this sort have to be stamped out. It good that all those mentioned support this Campaign. But....nobody has said how!
Crimes of this sort have to be stamped out. It good that all those mentioned support this Campaign. But....nobody has said how! is it me 47
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7:11pm Fri 5 Oct 12

London lad says...

This may be one way ......Young people who are 16-24 and NOT in education, employment or training, need something to be proud of, need a sense of achievement, a sense of self worth, and a sense of direction. National Conscription would do all of these things. At the same time, they could learn a trade/skill like engineering. It would boost the numbers of the Reservists and the TA. So if anyone aged 16-24 who were a NEET - (not in education/employment

/training), then this would be the next option. If they are not qualified for Uni, then let the Services mould them. This would alleviate boredom, anti social behavior, the potential for riot, and would give our youth a much needed change of attitude and perception in the the community. It would be partly funded by redirecting their Job-seeker Allowance / ESA to cover some of the training costs. There is an e-petition at:
http://epetitions.di
rect.gov.uk/petition
s/
37363.
I would ask that people sign it and place it on their Facebook and Twitter pages to get it out there.
Remember enough signatures would get Parliament discussing the issue of disillusioned, bored young people who do nothing with their lives, but get into crime, cause untold misery and wreck not just their own lives, but the lives of others too.
This may be one way ......Young people who are 16-24 and NOT in education, employment or training, need something to be proud of, need a sense of achievement, a sense of self worth, and a sense of direction. National Conscription would do all of these things. At the same time, they could learn a trade/skill like engineering. It would boost the numbers of the Reservists and the TA. So if anyone aged 16-24 who were a NEET - (not in education/employment /training), then this would be the next option. If they are not qualified for Uni, then let the Services mould them. This would alleviate boredom, anti social behavior, the potential for riot, and would give our youth a much needed change of attitude and perception in the the community. It would be partly funded by redirecting their Job-seeker Allowance / ESA to cover some of the training costs. There is an e-petition at: http://epetitions.di rect.gov.uk/petition s/ 37363. I would ask that people sign it and place it on their Facebook and Twitter pages to get it out there. Remember enough signatures would get Parliament discussing the issue of disillusioned, bored young people who do nothing with their lives, but get into crime, cause untold misery and wreck not just their own lives, but the lives of others too. London lad
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