• Conor supports the Protect The Protectors campaign

    Our emergency services do an amazing job under the most difficult circumstances. But these staff often face abuse and assault, with the Police Federation for England and Wales figures showing there were more than two million physical assaults on officers in 2016, and a further three hundred thousand using a deadly weapon. The PFEW estimates that this means there is an attack on a police officer every four minutes.

    The Royal College of Nursing also highlighted a rise in assaults on NHS staff, with a survey of more than 6,000 staff showing 28 per cent had experienced physical abuse in the previous 12 months and seven in ten had experienced verbal abuse.

    Our firefighters also do an incredibly tough job under the most difficult of circumstances, and it’s important that offences against them are dealt with severely by the law.

    I was proud to sponsor Holly Lynch MP’s Bill to Protect the Protectors back in February and I am proud to continue supporting the Protect The Protectors campaign, calling for tougher sentences for those who assault emergency workers and improved support for staff.