Borders MP Michael Moore returned from his holiday in the north of Scotland last Wednesday to attend the Prime Minister’s statement on the riots in the House of Commons.
In his statement, the Prime Minster condemned the riots in cities across England and urged the country to stand together in this difficult time. He also announced various measures to give the police greater powers and help people rebuild their homes and businesses following the disturbances.
The Prime Minister pledged a £10m Recovery Scheme to support councils in the cleanup operation and he launched a new £20m High Street Support Scheme to help affected businesses get back up and running. The Prime Minister also set out plans for the government to meet the immediate costs of emergency accommodation for families made homeless.
Commenting following the statement, Mr Moore said: “The whole country has been appalled by the violence and random attacks over the past week in cities across England. The disregard for the safety of individuals, the police, the fire service and for property has been alarming and the spread of the riots to different parts of the country has also created understandable and serious concern.
“Over recent days and during the proceedings in the Commons yesterday, it is clear that the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister and Home Secretary have taken important steps to bring matters under control and they are continuing to oversee the process.
“The recall of Parliament was an important opportunity for everyone to unite in condemning the violence and to demonstrate our support for the emergency services in all they are doing.