About

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Knife Crime is a group of over 40 MPs and Peers, set up in response to the alarming rise in knife crime across the country. The group aims to develop cross-party consensus from parliamentarians around new approaches to tackling knife crime, with particular focus on prevention and early intervention.

Official purpose of the APPG, as agreed at the November 2017 inaugural meeting:

To evaluate policies and programmes aimed at reducing knife crime, gain better understanding of its root causes and the wider context of youth violence, and develop recommendations for new measures at both acute and preventative stages with a view to reducing levels of knife crime.

Founder and Chair

Sarah Jones was elected as the Labour Member of Parliament for Croydon Central in June 2017. After spending her first summer as MP talking to local organisations, campaigners and young people about the surge in youth violence and knife crime, Sarah held a debate in Parliament on the topic, and set up the APPG on Knife Crime shortly after. Prior to becoming an MP Sarah held several senior campaigning roles including within the NHS, London 2012 Olympics and as Head of Campaigns at Shelter.

Officers

Officer - Kate Osamor MP

Kate Osamor is the Labour MP for Edmonton and Shadow Secretary of State for International Development.

Officer - Lord Paddick

Lord Paddick is the Liberal Democrat Home Affairs spokesperson in the House of Lords. He formerly served as Deputy Assistant Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police.

Officer - Ross Thomson MP

Ross Thomson is the Conservative MP for Aberdeen South and member of the Scottish Affairs Committee.

Members

Marcus Fysh 
Steve Reed
Karen Buck
Marsha de Cordova
Rushanara Ali
Eleanor Smith
Joan Ryan
Harriet Harman
Baroness Lawrence
Jack Dromey
Dawn Butler

Catherine West
Will Quince
Steve McCabe
Chuka Umunna
Gill Furniss
Rupa Huq
Lord Dholakia
Ian Austin
David Lammy
Bambos Charalambous
Nick Thomas-Symonds

Meg Hillier
Stephen Metcalfe
Diane Abbott
Kemi Badenoch
Helen Hayes
David Linden
Richard Burden
Matthew Pennycook
Margaret Hodge
Ian Blair
Keith Vaz

Sharon Hodgson
Khalid Mahmood
Luke Graham
Heidi Alexander
Marie Rimmer
Vicky Foxcroft
Louise Haigh
Gerald Jones

Secretariat

 

The secretariat of the APPG on Knife Crime is supported jointly by Redthread and Barnardo’s:

Redthread is a youth work charity whose vision is a society in which all young people lead healthy, safe, and happy lives. Redthread’s mission is to empower young people to thrive as they navigate the challenging transition to adulthood by integrating trauma-informed youth work into the health sector. Redthread supports the holistic wellbeing of young people by delivering innovative interventions, personal support, and bridging of services – through their Youth Violence Intervention Programme, Well Centre, and education programmes across London and the Midlands. The aim is to help young people to meet their full potential to live healthy, safe, and happy lives, and move away from cycles of violence and (re-)offending.

Barnardo’s is the largest national children’s charity in the UK. For more than 150 years we have supported some of the most vulnerable children and young people across the country. We believe in children – no matter who they are, or what they’ve been through. We make sure their needs are met, and their voices are heard. 

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