Chuka will today lead a Backbench Business debate into gang and serious youth violence. This is the first time this issue has been the subject of a full House of Commons debate. The debate will focus upon the causes and effects of gang and serious youth violence which has increased in recent years.
Information by Citizens Report, a not-for-profit independent organisation that carries out data research in this area, shows that in 2015 seventeen teenagers lost their lives to gang and youth violence in London alone. That is an increase on the eleven young people who lost their lives in 2014.
Chuka has also obtained figures showing that, in London in the last three years, the number of serious youth violence offences has increased by 13.4% and the number of offences the Metropolitan Police associates with within gang activity has increased by 25% (click here to see the full breakdown).
Chuka said: "Last year seventeen young people tragically lost their lives to serious youth violence in London, and we are seeing this repeated in other communities throughout the UK, and yet this tragedy has fallen off the national agenda. Enough is enough - every teenage life matters and we cannot let this continue to blight the lives of the next generation.
"I'm leading the first prime time debate in the House of Commons because we need action. That starts with the Government establishing an independent all-party commission to get to the bottom of this once and for all but there is so much more that needs to be done."
Chuka's debate has received support from a number of organisations, including:
The Spirit of London @SpiritofLondon
London is home to awesome inspirational youth. Society needs deal with the violence it creates #StopYouthViolence
Sounding Out London @OneBigCommunity
We have to remember it's a society PROBLEM not a youth PROJECT #StopYouthViolence
High Trees @HighTreesCDT
#StopYouthViolence important message from Tulse Hill yesterday @ChukaUmunna @YLC_Richard @KinetikaBloco
Ahead of the debate in the House of Commons, Chuka led a digital debate on Twitter - using the hashtag #StopYouthViolence - asking the public to share their ideas and experiences.