Lib Dems

Hull North MP backs tougher sentences for knife crime

Hull North MP Diana Johnson today backed a Commons move to introduce tougher sentencing for the repeated possession of a knife.

The amendment to the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill was passed by 404 votes to 53, with Lib Dem MPs opposing the crackdown.

It will mean that adults receive a minimum six month jail term on their second conviction for carrying a knife. 16-year-olds would be given at least a four-month detaining and training order.

Hull MP slams Lib Dem plan to axe Student Opportunity Fund

Hull North MP Diana Johnson today pressed Ministers about reports that the Lib Dems plan to axe funding that helps students from poorer backgrounds into further education.

Speaking in Business Questions in the House of Commons today, Diana Johnson MP said: "As the Member of Parliament whose constituency contains the excellent Hull University, I am concerned to hear press reports that the Chief Secretary to the Treasury wants to scrap the £300 million student opportunities fund.

Lib Dems betray Hull on police cuts

Hull North MP and Labour Shadow Home Office Minister Diana Johnson has slammed Hull Lib Dems for demanding even deeper local police cuts.

The accusation came after Hull Lib Dem councillors joined Tories from other local authorities at a meeting of the Humberside Police and Crime Panel today (4 February) to vote for even deeper cuts to local police numbers than those proposed by their own Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) even though Humberside police numbers had already fallen to the lowest level in 35 years.