Policing and crime are subjects often raised with me by residents, and so I particularly welcome the Governments announcement of measures to crack down on violent crime as well as plans for a new police covenant to ensure that the law acts as a deterrent to keep our streets safe.

As part of the plans we are establishing a Police Covenant, ensuring that police officers who serve the country get the support and respect they deserve. We have also published draft guidance to underpin new knife crime prevention orders, which will give the police an additional power to help steer vulnerable people away from serious violence.

It is important that the police have the support, resources and powers they need. That is why I also welcome the announcement of 20,000 new officers over the next three years.