Jennette Arnold OBE AM: Thank you very much. Mr Mayor, can I just make a quick comment before I ask my question? Can I just feed back from a meeting of my Independent Advisory Group (IAG) in Hackney because you mentioned Hackney earlier? I was there this week and let me just say this. At this IAG - and I have been a member now for 17 years - we have had some stuff in Hackney and all of us around that table totally endorsed our Borough Commander’s implementation of stop-and-search and activities under Operation Sceptre, which included knife sweeps, working in the community and finding out the knife hotspots and looking to target habitual knife offenders.
I do not apologise for supporting that IAG. I am not going to be lectured by anybody about the importance of the IAG and I certainly would not sit here and ask a ridiculous question like, “Can you guarantee that no child ‑‑
Sadiq Khan (Mayor of London): Thank you.
Jennette Arnold OBE AM: ‑‑ and no young person is going to die from a knife crime?” That is not where we should be. That is not the question.
I am speaking from knowing, and have met this year, families, both those who have lost their loved ones and those who are grieving because their loved ones are now serving numbers of years in jail. It is usually two sides of the coin here. It is one fatality and one perpetrator and the families and friends around those two individuals.
That is for you a guarantee that you can make that this issue is going to remain at the top of your agenda in terms of ensuring that we are going to be working with London Councils and every partner to find different tools and different ways of bringing some understanding to our young people to say, “A knife wound damages your organs, cuts your veins, cuts your arteries and you die, and so find a way away from knife use”.