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Andrew Mitchell MP meets with Rev Dr Carver Anderson to promote findings by the Birmingham Commission on Gangs and Violence

The Royal Town’s MP has tabled a Parliamentary Question to the new Home Secretary following a meeting with Rev Dr Carver Anderson in Sutton Coldfield.

“To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Summary Report for the Commission on Gangs and Violence: Uniting to Improve Safety by Reverend Dr Carver Anderson, published in November 2017, what steps he is taking to implement the recommendations in that report.”

The report, written by Dr Anderson who also sits as the Executive Director charity ‘Bringing Hope’, seeks to offer a community-led response to gang and non-gang violence in Birmingham. Highlighting the distrust between communities and statutory bodies, the report criticises the top-down approach to ‘cracking down’ on ‘hotspots’ of violence and gang activity.

Instead the report offers a blueprint to a lasting programme of changes which have been endorsed by high profile local public figures such as the Chief Constable David Thompson; Leader of Birmingham City Council Ian Ward; Bishop Derek Webley MBE DL; the Director of Public Health, Adrian Phillips; and now the Member of Parliament for Sutton Coldfield, Rt Hon Andrew Mitchell MP.

Andrew Mitchell, a longtime critic of the faulty 'joint enterprise' laws – which disproportionately affects young, black and mixed-race men - welcomed the recommendations in the proposal:

“We must break the deadly cycle of violence that devastates the lives of individuals, families, and communities. While overall crime continues to fall, there has been an increase in violent crime offences recorded by the police since late 2014. The Government's Serious Violence Strategy is a good start to an ambitious programme.

“However, law enforcement must go hand in hand with partnerships across a number of sectors – and very importantly - communities. Early intervention can help catch young people before they go down the wrong path, encouraging them to make positive choices. Rev Dr Carver Anderson’s report has set out a number of notable recommendations which focusses on early intervention and prevention to help steer young people away from crime in the first place and I hope the new Home Secretary will give it some serious consideration.”

Photo: Andrew Mitchell MP and Rev Dr Carver Anderson at Sutton Coldfield Conservative Assocation.

Andrew Mitchell MP and Rev Dr Carver Anderson at Sutton Coldfield Conservative Assocation

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