STATEMENT FROM THE COUNCIL LEADER FOLLOWING LONDON CRIME SUMMIT

Wandsworth Council is committed to working with the Mayor of London, the Government, the Metropolitan Police and most importantly local communities to stop violent crime on the streets of our borough.

Earlier today, I attended a meeting with the Mayor of London and the Met Police Commissioner to discuss how all relevant authorities can and should agree on a joined-up approach to ensure the safety of families and young people in London.

Wandsworth Conservatives understand the importance of mobilising local communities to support much needed measures to provide residents with the safety they deserve. This can only happen if we all work together to face up to our responsibilities. 

I was encouraged that today’s summit was productive and non-partisan. Wandsworth Conservatives believe this sends a strong message of unity and togetherness to all communities across our borough and our vibrant capital.

It is essential that we continue to work together over the coming months as politics is put aside for the wider good of our great city.

Following the summit, Cllr Jonathan Cook, Cabinet member with responsibility for crime prevention and policing said:

 "Wandsworth Conservatives have a proven record of working supportively with the Police and once again we stand ready to support the Police in any way we can so that everyone but particularly young people feel safe on our streets.  If the Police think they need more knife arches in Wandsworth, we will fund these - carrying knives cannot be allowed to become a  normal activity .  We are determined to do all we can to stop this." 

Cllr Ravi Govindia CBE

Leader of Wandsworth Council