Campaigns. It is important that I continue to know the strength of feeling on an issue and I prefer to respond to every inquiry, but the sheer size of campaign correspondence means that it is hard to justify to the tax payer the cost and time taken for individual written replies, so regrettably I will no longer reply to every item of campaign correspondence.  I will  post a response to the campaign on the "Responses to campaigns" page of my website.

I am sorry to do this, as it is rather impersonal, but can see no other way of maintaining a good service for all my constituents unless I approach campaigns this way.

25 OCT 2018

Offensive Weapons Bill

Thank you very much for taking the time to email me about the Offensive Weapons Bill.

I hope the following information on this topic from the Home Office is of interest:

It is important to ensure more work is done to break the deadly cycle of violence that devastates the lives of individuals, families and communities. The Government shares this position and is taking action to ensure the sale and possession of dangerous weapons is prevented.
The Serious Violence Strategy to help tackle recent increases in serious violence. This Government action supports a multi-strand approach including robust law enforcement, early intervention and prevention.
A key element of the strategy is the Offensive Weapons Bill. The Bill contains a range of measures to update and strengthen the law on the sale of corrosive substances, ban the delivery of knives and corrosives bought online to residential addresses and ban the possession of weapons including zombie knives, knuckle dusters and death stars both in public and private. The Bill will also make it harder for young people to buy knives and acid online.
The Government has a duty to safeguard the public and to take action in this area.

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