Ian Austin

Independent for Dudley North

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I'm supporting the bill to protect the protectors

I was in Parliament today to ensure legislation to protect the protectors moved forward.

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Everyone deserves to feel safe at work and it’s outrageous that those who are protecting the public could be put in at risk.

That’s why I have been supporting campaigns by trade unions like UNISON, the Fire Brigades Union and the Police Federation who are pushing for special protection for paramedics, fire fighters and the police.

Firefighters in the West Midlands have been assaulted 67 occasions in just six months, an increase on previous years.

Nationally, attacks against police almost tripled in some parts of the UK over five years and new figures are also expected to show that assaults have increased in recent years.

This bill gives special protection for paramedics, nurses, firemen, police and other 999 staff who are abused, attacked or spat at while carrying out their work. It will mean such assaults are classed as “aggravated” when perpetrated against 999 workers and tougher sentences can be given to the perpetrators. 

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