David Lammy criticises Sadiq Khan over vow to increase stop and search

Tottenham MP says London mayor is using the controversial tactic as ‘a political football’ in crackdown on knife crime

David Lammy has rebuked Sadiq Khan after the London mayor vowed to respond to a spate of stabbings in the city with a “significant” increase in the use of stop and search.

The MP for Tottenham said he was disappointed that his Labour colleague in City Hall had chosen to use the controversial police tactic as a “political football” after an outcry over the fatal stabbings of four young men on New Year’s Eve.

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