Knife crime (Supplementary) [1]

Session date: 
March 16, 2016
Question By: 
Richard Tracey
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Richard Tracey AM:  Yes.  Thank you, Madam Chair.  Mr Mayor, can I just take your mind back to the last Parliament when the then Conservative Member of Parliament (MP) for Enfield North, Nick de Bois, introduced amendments to toughen up the position of the police in dealing with knife crimes?  If I remember rightly, it was opposed by the Liberal Democrats and yet you have a Liberal Democrat Member of this Assembly questioning you now on your record.

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Answer for Knife crime (Supplementary) [1]

Answer for Knife crime (Supplementary) [1]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Boris Johnson MP (Mayor of London):  I am absolutely amazed to hear that the Liberal Democrats could take two positions at once on anything.  It is quite an astonishing revelation.  Are you saying that they were soft on knife crime a few years ago and now they are coming in all tough because they have a mayoral election to fight?


Richard Tracey AM:  I do not know about the election, Mr Mayor, but they ‑‑


Boris Johnson MP (Mayor of London):  Back to Nick de Bois, it is a very good law that Nick brought in, the ‘Enfield law’; two strikes and you are out.  I have to say that we are looking for the evidence that it is starting to bite.  I do not know how many convictions we have yet had from the ‘two strikes and you are out’ rule, but I am waiting to hear from the MPS about how it is actually working in practice.


Richard Tracey AM:  Thank you.