Today in Parliament I intervened in a Westminster Hall debate about emergency service workers. Having witnessed during my time as an MP the community spirit that these public servants put in their daily work, I wished to pay tribute to all that in our area and across the country are on the front line to protect us. I have campaigned for long to make sure that those who protect us are protected and that sentences for those attacking emergency workers are harsher. Having been out on patrol with the West Yorkshire Police in Morley and Outwood, I know how many horrific scenes they have to witness. In 2019/20, 2,185 assaults against West Yorkshire Police officers were recorded in Leeds and the wider region. That was up 15 per cent from 1,897 in 2018/19 and it can be no longer tolerated. These people are saving our lives, and those attacking them must be met with the full force of law.