Ian Austin

Independent for Dudley North

Protect the protectors

Congratulations to my colleague Chris Bryant for the success of his Private Member’s Bill which passed through Parliament on Friday.


This Bill will give 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 in the exercise of their duty.

I’ve heard first hand from local paramedics and police officers who have been assaulted whilst looking after the rest of us.

These are brave public servants working to help or protect the rest of us and they deserve our support.


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