Tonight the Conservative Government’s controversial ‘ASBO-style’ knife crime prevention orders were passed 145-84, with 63 Liberal Democrat peers voting against the Government compared to just 17 peers from Labour .

Responding to the vote, Liberal Democrat Home Affairs Spokesperson in the Lords Brian Paddick said:

"Tonight the Labour Party failed to oppose the Government’s controversial knife crime prevention orders.

"ASBOs didn’t work to tackle anti-social behaviour, and these new knife ASBOs won’t work to tackle knife crime. They will unnecessarily criminalise children as young as 12, put more young people in prison on pointless short-term sentences, and waste valuable police time and resources.”

Also commenting on the vote, Liberal Democrat Home Affairs Spokesperson Ed Davey said:

"The Liberal Democrats demand better for the victims of knife crime and their families.

"We will oppose these proposals in the Commons and demand a real solution: more community police officers and a proper public health approach to tackle the shocking rise in violent crime.”

Notes

The details of the vote can be found here

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