South Manchester Lib Dem MP John Leech has secured a debate in the House of Commons tonight (Thursday) on Anti-Social behaviour in south Manchester. The adjournment debate is the last item of business in the House of Commons tonight.
Despite there being a mound of Anti-Social Behaviour legislation from the years of Tony Blair's 'Respect' Agenda, both Police and City Council have too often felt unable to intervene at the time when big parties are taking place and are causing maximum nuisance for neighbours.
The situation has got worse, fuelled by cheap supermarket alcohol and 24 hour licensing. Things are changing now and not before time. A lasting legacy of Norman Baker's time as Liberal Democrat Home Office Crime Prevention Minister, is a new smaller, simpler and more straightforward set of anti-social behaviour powers which do what they say on the tin and work effectively to tackle nuisance.
John Leech said today “It is really important that mixed communities in south Manchester live together in a safe, sustainable way, abiding by the same sets of rules. That means the police need the power to close down a party, whether it is a student party or not, if it is getting out of hand.”
John added, “Recently, I went on a Saturday night patrol with local police. They told me that new simplified powers introduced by this government in October were used immediately in south Manchester, with good effect, but raised concerns about the safety of students at some of these parties.”
John said finally, “I also think this is not just the police’s problem. The Council can take action too. A 24 hour hotline would allow quick action rather than action days or weeks later.”