Labor is to invoke Tony Blair’s “tough on crime” message and promise to crack down on antisocial behavior if elected.
In a speech at the party’s convention, the shadow home secretary, Nick Thomas-Symonds, would accuse the Tories of being “soft on crime and soft on causes of crime”.
The comments are a known reference to Mr Blair’s claim that New Labor will be “tough on crime, tough on causes of crime”.
The slogan was coined by Mr. Blair, when he was shadow home secretary in 1993, and continued when he took over the leadership of the party.
But Keir Starmer’s party will seek to get ahead of the Tories on law and order by pledging an increased police presence in communities, including the creation of “police hubs” in towns and cities across the country.
The party says the “hubs”, which appear to be similar to police stations, will be “located in visible and accessible places” to reassure residents, “to provide a place the public can speak to the police”.
The party is also promising to create a “next-generation neighborhood watch” that will “bring people together to share advice and information about their area through online networks, and to close drug dens.” Will be backed with a tough approach”.
It will also promise to launch a massive recruitment drive for special constables, whose numbers have declined sharply since 2010.
Credit: www.independent.co.uk /