Dear Members of Parliament,
I’m sure you’ll agree that it’s important that we recognise that young people in our city have risen above any violence or mindless destruction, as seen across the country this week. Not only that, they’ve actively condemned it, and proven that not all young people are criminals. Whilst we should strongly criticise the actions of those who destroyed their communities, we should also be aware of those young people who have called for calm, and particularly in Sheffield, those young people who have a real sense of ownership over the communities they live in.
Tomorrow, in the debate in Parliament, I urge for you to champion the young people you represent in Sheffield – the biggest city in England not currently rioting. I believe the emphasis needs to be moved from ‘youths’ causing trouble, to what these people are, criminals.
Today I appeared on Radio Sheffield, and in the local press because whilst ever these riots continue, we all, regardless of age or position in society must condemn these acts of opportunistic thuggery.
Your support would be much appreciated.
Member of UK Youth Parliament Sheffield