Gangs, Violence and Drugs: What’s in your party’s manifesto?

The manifesto is the document produced by political parties ahead of an election. With the 2019 General Election taking place on Thursday 12th December, here is what the seven main parties have to say about gangs, violence and drugs, three of the biggest issues involving young people in this country.

To avoid any bias, we have only selected the parties that were featured in the recent TV debates and have presented the parties in alphabetical order. We have also taken the material directly from the manifestos (without any interpretation) by searching for keywords such as ‘gangs’, ‘violence’ and ‘drugs.’

Brexit Party Contract

The Brexit party have decided against a manifesto as they believe the public do not trust party manifestos. Instead, they have produced a ‘contract with the people’.

They have pledged to:

  • Target the menace of County Lines drug dealers, gangs and the growth of knife crime.
  • Crack down on illegal immigration and stop the human tragedy associated with human trafficking.
  • Increase police numbers (and) focus on combating violent crime, robbery and burglary.

Conservative Manifesto

The conservative manifesto includes plans to:

  • Strengthen the National Crime Agency so it can tackle the threats we face, from fraud, county lines gangs and child sexual abuse to illicit finance, modern slavery and people trafficking.
  • Tackle drug-related crime, and at the same time take a new approach to treatment so we can reduce drug deaths and break the cycle of crime linked to addiction.
  • Require schools, police, councils and health authorities to work together through Violence Reduction Units to prevent serious crime.
  • Vigorously combat harassment and violence against all religious groups, and against LGBT people.

They also point out that they have already committed to introduce 20,000 new police officers and that ‘these new officers will take violent criminals off the streets.’

Green Manifesto

The Green Party have made a commitment to:

  • Make misogyny a hate crime…and increase the police’s capacity to deal with domestic violence.
  • Implement a UK-wide strategy to tackle gender-based violence, including domestic violence, rape and sexual abuse, Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), and trafficking.
  • Treat problematic drug use as a health issue, not a crime, building on the successful approaches pioneered in numerous other countries.
  • Roll back the cuts to domestic violence support centres and women’s refuges.
  • Repeal the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 and the Psychoactive Substances Act 2016.
  • Pardon and expunge the criminal records of all individuals previously convicted for possession and small-scale supply of drugs.
  • Replace the current system of prohibition with an evidence-based, legalised, regulated system of drug control.
  • (Apply) taxes and licence fees…to drugs (which) will raise significant revenues.
  • Prohibit commercial advertising of alcohol (and all other drugs).
  • Set up an independent statutory body, the Advisory Council for Drug Safety.

Labour Manifesto

The Labour party have promised to:

  • Invest in policing to prevent crime and make our communities safer.
  • Set new standards for tackling domestic and sexual abuse and violence, and appoint a Commissioner for Violence against Women and Girls.
  • Respond fast and firmly wherever LGBT+ people face violence or persecution.
  • Close (detention centres)…from which immediate savings would contribute towards a fund of £20 million to support the survivors of modern slavery, people trafficking and domestic violence.
  • Address drug-related deaths, alcohol-related health problems and the adverse impacts of gambling as matters of public health, treated accordingly in expanded addiction support services.

Liberal Democrat Manifesto

The Liberal Democrats have said they will:

  • Adopt a public health approach to the epidemic of youth violence: identifying risk factors and treating them, rather than just focusing on the symptoms. This means police, teachers, health professionals, youth workers and social services all working closely together to prevent young people falling prey to gangs and violence.
  • Invest in officers, training and technology to prevent illegal entry at Britain’s borders, assist seekers of sanctuary and combat human trafficking and the smuggling of people, weapons, drugs and wildlife.
  • Move the departmental lead on drugs policy to the Department of Health and Social Care, and, crucially, invest in more addiction services and support for drug users.
  • Divert people arrested for possession of drugs for personal use into treatment, and imposing civil penalties rather than imprisonment.
  • Ending prison sentences for the possession of drugs for personal use; and increasing the use of tough community sentences and restorative justice where appropriate.
  • Help to break the grip of the criminal gangs by introducing a legal, regulated market for cannabis.
  • Introduce limits on the potency levels and permit cannabis to be sold through licensed outlets to adults over the age of 18.

Plaid Cymru Manifesto

In their manifesto, the Party of Wales has pledged to:

  • Work with youth clubs, sports governing bodies, schools, community groups, voluntary organisations and youth workers to improve youth services.
  • Address the underlying socio-economic challenges faced by BAME communities…to encourage successful integration.

SNP Manifesto

The Scottish National Party have pledged to:

  • Press for ratification of the Council of Europe’s Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence – the Istanbul Convention – to have a clear timetable.
  • (Call for) the devolution of Misuse of Drugs Act to allow for the full range of effective public health measures to tackle the drugs death crisis.
  • Pending that devolution, (press for) the UK Government to introduce a Supervised Drug Consumption Facility.

How 2020 Dreams workshops can support political manifesto pledges

Policy decisions made by the UK government are critical but we can’t wait for politicians to solve society’s problems. Whoever is in power, 2020 Dreams pledge to continue to provide early intervention through our range of highly engaging, evidence-based PSHE workshops.

We can support schools and young people’s institutions on raising awareness and building practical protective skills to deal with areas of concern. Courses include:

  • Gun & Knife Crime Awareness
  • Gang Prevention & Awareness
  • County Lines & Gang Led Drug Trafficking
  • Drugs & Alcohol Awareness
  • Grooming Awareness
  • Human Trafficking & Modern Day Slavery
  • Crime and Punishment for Kids
  • Extremism & Radicalisation
  • Addiction & Dependency
  • Fear of Terrorist Attack
  • Domestic Abuse and Violence
  • Racial Discrimination
  • Bullying & Conflict Resolution
  • HBT Bullying & Discrimination
  • Sexual Bullying at School
  • Homophobic Bullying & Discrimination
  • Islamophobia in Schools
  • Diversity & Religious Discrimination

We also offer a range of workshops focused on improving interpersonal relationships and understanding. These include workshops on:

  • Peer Pressure (Saying ‘No!’)
  • Respect & Tolerance
  • LGBT Awareness
  • Gender Equality in Schools
  • Human Rights
  • Promoting Cultural Awareness
  • Mental Health & Positive Thinking
  • Healthy Relationships
  • Confidence Building for Children
  • Body Image & Self Esteem
  • Emotional Resilience
  • Understanding Depression

and many more.

We can also provide consultation, Inset training and, through our 2020 Rising program, youth mentoring. We are also happy to work with local and national politicians to help tackle gangs and modern day slavery, stop knife crime and turn the tide of violent crime and youth suffering on our streets.

To contact the 2020 Dreams team, please call 0800 471 4983 or send an email to us at hello@2020dreams.org.uk