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MPs fail to show for blade summit

PUBLISHED: 17:52 11 June 2008 | UPDATED: 09:40 12 August 2010

JUST two out of eight Bromley and Bexley MPs attended an important political debate on knife crime, despite the recent wave of stabbings which have rocked the boroughs. In total, only 10 out of 74 London MPs made it to the House of Commons last Thurs

JUST two out of eight Bromley and Bexley MPs attended an 'important' political debate on knife crime, despite the recent wave of stabbings which have rocked the boroughs.

In total, only 10 out of 74 London MPs made it to the House of Commons last Thursday, one of which was Orpington MP John Horam.

He said: "It was an important debate. There has been an increase in the number of serious crimes in Bromley and Bexley which is worrying.

"Young people feel they need to carry a knife to protect themselves. We don't need more legislation, we just need to enforce it better."

MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, David Evennett, was the only one from Bexley to attend and also spoke at the hour-and-a-half long debate.

He said: "Constituents regularly contact my office because they are increasingly concerned about safety and especially violent crime.

"They are frightened that they will be the victims and, regrettably, the statistics show that that is happening".

MP for Chislehurst, Bob Neill, couldn't attend because he was talking to the Mayor's office about tackling knife crime at the same time as the debate.

Greenwich and Woolwich MP Nick Raynsford said he was at another meeting while Eltham

MP Clive Efford was at a bill meeting but spent Thursday evening talking to young people in Middle Park, Eltham about knives and their safety fears. Erith and Thamesmead MP John Austin was at a Council of Europe Meeting and Old Bexley and Sidcup MP Derek Conway attended a pubic meeting on knife crime on Wednesday evening but left halfway through.

At the time of going to press, MP for Beckenham Jacqui Lait did not respond to calls

or emails.

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