VIOLENCE on London’s streets is ‘the worst I’ve ever seen’, one of the capital’s longest-serving MPs has said.
David Lammy revealed he is scared for the safety of his teenage son and urged politicians of all parties to unite to combat the growing problem.
He blamed gang wars over illegal drugs for the surge in attacks that has seen the murder count in the capital this year top 50.
The Labour MP, who has represented Tottenham in north London since 2000, said: ‘I have a teenager who comes home from school. I’m scared for him and, of course, my constituents are worried and frightened. They’re angry and they have every right to be.’
Mr Lammy (pictured above) told BBC Radio 4: ‘We are the drugs market of Europe and I think the police and our country have lost control of that drugs market. You have young children — as young as 12, 13 — being recruited into gangs to run drugs.’
He tweeted later: ‘Buying cocaine is easier than ordering a pizza on Deliveroo.’
Mr Lammy criticised London mayor Sadiq Khan (pictured below) and the government for failing to contact him after four recent killings in the borough of Haringey, of which Tottenham is part.
He said: ‘I have not had a phone call from the home secretary, I have not had a call from the mayor.
‘No one has come to visit my constituency. This is happening across London. Frankly, I’m sick of the political football — what I want is a political consensus.’
All London’s Labour MPs have signed a letter to home secretary Amber Rudd, calling on her, prime minister Theresa May and Labour’s Mr Khan to meet them to discuss crime in the capital.
They criticised funding cuts, including to the Met’s budget, which by 2021 will have been reduced by £1billion over a decade. ‘It is not good enough simply to ignore the impact cuts have had on communities,’ the letter said.
‘Ministers cannot bury their heads in the sand.’
Mr Khan admitted he had not met any of the families left bereaved by the killings of victims including 17-year-old Tanesha Melbourne, who was gunned down on a Tottenham street.
He said he was happy to meet Mr Lammy but added: ‘I’ve got a deputy mayor and police commissioner — we are a team.’