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MP condemns “violence, thuggery and vicious criminality”


11th August 2011

Jonathan Djanogly, the Member of Parliament for the Huntingdon Constituency, today attended the recalled House of Commons to hear the Prime Minister’s Statement on the recent riots around the Country.

Mr Djanogly fully supports and agrees with the Prime Minister that this is “not about politics or process – this is about theft” and that this is “criminality pure and simple”.

Mr Djanogly said:

‘Today, the House of Commons came together and, as one, made it totally clear that we do not accept this violence, thuggery and vicious criminality under any circumstances. This is completely unacceptable behaviour and we must do whatever it takes to restore public order and public confidence in our justice system.

‘There will be many lessons to be learnt and there will also be a need to review some of the deep societal problems in our Country. Not least the problems associated with a society which is too ready to look at rights and too slow to look at responsibilities governing our lives and communities. But nothing can detract from the immediate and overriding issue that responsibility for these crimes must remain with the criminals concerned.

‘It is important at this time that we give our full support to the police. Furthermore, as a Justice Minister, I am co-ordinating court action and a number of our courts have been working 24 hours a day to bring these criminals to justice. I congratulate our court workers on avoiding delays. Convictions are already coming through and the majority of defendants who are yet to be judged are being remanded in custody.’



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