Richard attends Constituency Convention to look at how we can tackle crime and promote community safety in Northfield


The annual Northfield Constituency Convention took place on Saturday 28 June. This year’s theme focussed on community safety and what is being done to make Northfield safer.

Knife crime has recently dominated the headlines. It is a very serious issue – Richard recently wrote about it in his Westminster Diary (online here). But it is not the whole picture. And at the end of June people in Northfield came together to look at the wider issue of community safety.

Richard was there to discuss this issue and give a speech on ‘A community approach to tackling crime and promoting community safety’.

The event was attended by representatives from residents and community groups, the Council, the police, fire and health services, the Northfield youth forum and a range of other organisations.

The day involved a mixture of speeches, workshops and a question panel. Around 60 people from across the constituency attended the event to discuss issues such as neighbourhood policing, ways to deal with anti-social behaviour and what the future is for our local shopping centres.

Richard talked about the national picture and explained the importance of ensuring that the community is at the heart of creating places where people feel safe.

The day concluded with a question panel which gave those attending to ask about some of the issues that had arisen during the day.

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Richard Burden

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I was Labour Member of Parliament for Birmingham Northfield between 1992 and 2019 and a former Shadow Transport Minister. I now chair Healthwatch in Birmingham and Solihull, and the West Midlands Board of Remembering Srebrenica. I also work as a public affairs consultant. I am an effective community advocate and stakeholder alliance builder with a passion for human rights. I am a trustee of the Balfour Project charity and of Citizens Advice Birmingham, and a former Chair of Medical Aid for Palestinians.

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