Decision to be made on knife crime law tomorrow after heavy campaigning by two Enfield MPs

Nick de Bois, Enfield North MP, has campaigned heavily for the new knife crime law

Nick de Bois, Enfield North MP, has campaigned heavily for the new knife crime law

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A decision on changing knife crime sentencing is expected to be made tomorrow.

The House of Commons will vote on a bill to impose mandatory jail terms for offenders caught twice with a knife.

The campaign to change the bill has been led by Enfield North MP Nick de Bois and Enfield Southgate MP David Burrowes.

Despite support from home secretary Theresa May and justice secretary Chris Grayling, ministers are expected to abstain due to the deep split in the stance of the coalition government.

Liberal Democrats have stood firm against the proposed law with Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg claiming it is a “headline-grabbing” move by the Conservatives.

The Enfield MPs have previously supported the Enfield Independent’s anti-knife campaign ‘Don’t Carry Don’t Kill’ which was enshrined into law in December 2012 and dubbed the ‘Enfield Law’.

Backbench Conservatives are expected to vote for the bill with the outcome hinging on Labour MPs who have previously been sympathetic to the move.

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