Mayor of Newham brands violence an “epidemic” and “huge public health problem” at Labour Party Conference in Liverpool

PUBLISHED: 13:57 24 September 2018 | UPDATED: 13:57 24 September 2018

Newham's mayor Rokhsana Fiaz said London was facing an

Newham's mayor Rokhsana Fiaz said London was facing an "epidemic of violence" with marginalised young people especially at risk. Picture: Rokhsana Fiaz

Rokhsana Fiaz

Newham’s mayor spoke of an “epidemic of violence” in London at the Labour Party Conference.

Rokhsana Fiaz addressed audiences at the ACC Liverpool today to discuss housing, participatory democracy, and youth crime.

She listed housing and young people as her two priorities, citing the example of a 14-year-old from Newham who’s mother was struggling to afford food, and who was afraid of her son falling in with the wrong crowd.

“When I met him, he told me three things,” she said.

“He wanted to be heard, he didn’t want to go to prison, and he didn’t want to get killed. His story is not unusual.

“Thousands of children across the country are vulnerable because of poverty, because of marginalisation, and my borough is not different.”

Ms Fiaz branded violence a public health problem, and claimed young people were afraid to walk the streets.

“in my conversations with young people from across my borough, they talk about their fear of violence,” she said.

“They’re scared of being on the streets. They have become used to and they accept violence.

“I will not allow this to continue in Newham, and I will be working with the mayor of London to ensure that all of our young people are safe.”

Latest Newham Stories

22 minutes ago

The new boss at Gallagher Stadium reflected on the FA Cup victory and backed Saturday’s opposition, the O’s, to secure promotion

Dean Brill

Campaigners and mayor Rokhsana Fiaz have unveiled a “Long Live Boleyn” mural inspired by graffiti protesting the clubs move from Upton Park to the London Stadium.

Stephen Timms

House prices in Newham have risen by 1.3 per cent over the last year.

United Kingdom
Yesterday, 12:00

A school in Forest Gate has been featured in the latest Parliamentary Review.

Forest Gate
Yesterday, 12:00

Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Recorder readers this week.

United Kingdom
Yesterday, 11:00

Lakeside Hammers boss Will Pottinger has warned his team about the “unknown quantity” patch-up Peterborough side for their crunch play-off semi-final decider.

Richard Lawson
Yesterday, 09:00

Young patients at Newham University Hospital were greeted by a very special visitor - Dodger the dog.

Newham University Hospital

I recently attended a meeting organised by members of the Maryland Residents Association to discuss crime in their community, along with Mayor of Newham and local councillors.



Hanson Fernandes’ journey began in 2015 when he arrived in London from Goa, India.

Newsletter Sign Up

Newham Recorder twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read news

Show Job Lists

Education Promo

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Newham Recorder
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now