MP for Ogmore, Chris Elmore, has joined with parliamentary colleagues in supporting the Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Bill – dubbed the “Protect the Protectors Bill”.
The Private Members Bill, brought forward by Rhondda MP, Chris Bryant, seeks to crack down on attacks against emergency workers doing their job.
Mr Elmore said: “I was pleased to raise the issue of first responders who frequently find themselves in harm’s way. I’ve received assurances that such workers will be covered by this legislation if it is passed into law. I’m delighted that this cause has received such wide support across parties.”
Back in June, figures indicated attacks on South Wales firefighters had almost trebled in the past year.
Hospital staff in Wales were physically attacked more than 18,000 times at work over five years, according to figures published last December.
The Ogmore MP continued: “Attacks against emergency workers are on the rise. I’m appalled at this trend our emergency services constantly do an amazing and selfless job to keep us safe and well. I whole-heartedly support this timely Bill.”
The Bill passed at second reading and has therefore moved onto committee stage.