How do we end serious youth violence and why have politicians failed to get a grip on it?

It is time for us to confront fundamental state failure and to recognise that we need a paradigm shift in our understanding of the causes of serious youth violence and how we end it.

At this event Chuka Umunna MP will talk about why boys and young men are killing other boys and young men on our streets, and what we need to do to end this violence. Politicians have a duty to explain the causes of this bloodshed and to provide the leadership necessary to galvanise joined up community and state action. But why, after a decade of violence and as the numbers of murders reach a record level, are we failing to do this?


21st August 2018, 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Brixton, London

Speaker: Chuka Umunna MP

Chuka was a trustee of several youth charities in Lambeth before his election as MP for Streatham in 2010. He served in Labour’s Shadow cabinet from 2011 to 2015 and on the Home Affairs Select Committee from 2015 to 2017. He was appointed to the Government’s Serious Violence Taskforce earlier this year and is a commissioner on the cross-party Youth Violence Commission.


Sophie Linden,  London’s Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime

Sophie is London’s Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime (DMPC) and brings with her national and local government experience. She was a special advisor to David Blunkett in the Department for Education and Employment from 1997-2001 before moving to the Home Office to work with the police in tackling crime and anti-social behaviour as a special advisor until 2004.

Shakira Martin, President, NUS

Shakira is the current NUS president and was previously the Vice President Further Education. Martin’s key initiative was to launch a commission into addressing student poverty, which was well-received in the sector. The findings of the Poverty Commission were published in April 2018, making 40 recommendations, and was positively received by Universities UK and the University Alliance.

Leroy Logan MBE

Leroy is a former superintendent in the Metropolitan police. He retired in 2013 after 30 years’ service. He is also a former chair of the Black Police Association Charitable Trust.

Alan Lockey, Head of Research Demos (Chair)

Alan is head of research at Demos.



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