Protect the Protectors
Tougher penalties for people who attack emergency workers are close to being passed into law after MPs unanimously supported measures designed to “protect the protectors”.
Holly Lynch MP said after the bill had its third reading: “I’m delighted that the bill passed its final reading and should become law by the end of the year.
“Our emergency service workers are there to save lives and deserve the best protections possible. MPs have sent a message loud and clear to the people who would assault these staff, that this will absolutely not be tolerated.”
The Bill passed unanimously at third reading and will now undergo further scrutiny in the Lords.
The new law would apply to emergency service workers including firefighters, paramedics, and those involved in Search and Rescue. It has support from the Royal College of Nursing, Unison, the Fire Bridges Union, and the GMB union.
Holly, whose parents both worked in frontline emergency service roles, said:
“It’s absolutely unacceptable that many hard-working men and women face serious assault and abuse simply for doing their jobs trying to keep us all safe and well.
“Any assault on emergency workers is unacceptable, and it’s about time the law reflected the seriousness of attacks on people working for the public good.