Tory accuses fellow MPs of ‘not taking violence seriously’ as few attend debate

An MP has blasted his colleagues for “not taking seriously” the issue of violent crime after only a handful turned up for a debate on the issue.

Conservative Huw Merriman (Bexhill and Battle) said it “was not a very good look” for the Commons to have so few in the chamber to discuss the rise in serious crime when for Brexit “these benches are packed”.

The MP, who is also a Treasury aide to Chancellor Philip Hammond, said: “We talk about Brexit far too often in this place and when we do these benches are packed…
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