Mike Weatherley, the Conservative Member of Parliament for Hove and Portslade, and Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Retail & Business Crime, has tabled an Urgent Question in Parliament on the issue of riot compensation for small businesses across the UK.
Mike’s campaign on this issue has included writing to his colleague Nick Herbert MP, Minister for Policing, and tabling a number of Written Parliamentary Questions. This follows the news that some Police Authorities have classed last summer’s riots as ‘violent disorder’, which means that businesses in some parts of the country are ineligible for compensation.
Commenting, Mike said: “Given the importance of this matter, I felt that an urgent question was the best way to highlight this matter to the Minister and the House. Sadly it appears that there exists a shocking and ongoing attempt by some Police Authorities to re-write history and say the riots of last August were merely incidents of ‘violent disorder’ rather than rioting. This leaves businesses around the country out of pocket.”