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Session 2008-09, 5 March 2009

Oral Evidence


Knife Crime

Father of Damilola Taylor and Wife of Philip Lawrence to Give Evidence on Knife Crime

The Home Affairs Committee will hold the sixth evidence session of its inquiry into Knife Crime on Tuesday 10 March 2009. The session will look at different approaches to preventative work with those at risk of offending and rehabilitative work with offenders; the issue of knife crime and schools; and the role of organisations that promote the positive achievements of young people, including in tackling knife crime.

At 11.00 am

€ Camila Batmanghelidjh, Kids Company

€ Kirk Dawes, West Midlands Mediation and Transformation Services

€ Mike Jervis, Chief Executive, Damilola Taylor Trust

€ Richard Taylor, Founder, Damilola Taylor Trust and special envoy to the Prime Minister on youth violence and knife crime

At approximately 11.50 am

€ Phil Hearne, former principal of Paddington Academy and London Academy

At approximately 12.10 pm

€ Frances Lawrence, Founder, Philip Lawrence Awards

€ Students from Value Life, winner of a Philip Lawrence Award in 2008

Location: Thatcher Room, Portcullis House.

The Rt Hon Keith Vaz MP, Chairman of the Home Affairs Committee, said:

"In this session we are keen to follow up a number of issues raised during our recent visits to Aylesbury Young Offenders' Institute and Bristol, particularly how to break the cycle of violence.

"We are also pleased to have an opportunity to hear the views of Richard Taylor, the father of Damilola who was stabbed to death in 2000, and Frances Lawrence, whose husband Philip was killed in 1995, and who now campaign for change."