Labor use Blair’s ‘tough on crime’ slogan to attack Tories

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Labor is trying to tackle Boris Johnson’s law and order government with a series of community policing policies and a crackdown on anti-social behavior.

In an evocation of Tony Blair’s slogan of the 1990s, the shadow Home Secretary will tell delegates to the annual Labor conference on Tuesday that Priti Patel’s department has been “gentle on crime, gentle on the causes of crime” .

Under a Labor government, the party would launch a “major recruiting campaign” to increase the number of special constables after the number of unpaid officers fell sharply over the past decade, Nick Thomas-Symonds will say.

It will also present a vision for a nationwide deployment of “police centers” with their own neighborhood crime prevention teams to tackle anti-social behavior.

A “next generation neighborhood watch” using technology including video doorbells and WhatsApp groups would be tasked with bringing people together to share information in order to fight crime.

This move also comes back to David Blunkett’s pressure in the early 2000s to strengthen neighborhood policing with community support workers.

Critics have claimed that the Tory cuts have wiped out neighborhood police. Thomas-Symonds is expected to tell party delegates in Brighton: ‘In conservative Britain people say you never see the police on the spot again. Let the schoolchildren be afraid at the bus stop. That people don’t feel safe going out after dark. This is the price of years of conservative cuts in the neighborhood police. “

In a pledge designed to enter law and order territory once successfully occupied by Blair as shadow Home Secretary, Thomas-Symonds will say Labor will increase the visibility of the police across the UK.

“With me as Home Secretary, if there are any problems in your street, Labor will make sure someone is there. You will see officers on the beat, ”he said.

Police hubs would be visible and easily accessible to communities, and each neighborhood crime prevention team would be responsible for bringing together police, community support workers and youth workers.

He will also present plans for a new register of child exploitation. Those convicted of modern slavery offenses related to drug trafficking in the counties would be added to a similar list in the sex offender registry. MEPs hope the move will help monitor offenders and increase the stigma associated with such crimes.

Labor plans to fund proposals to tackle anti-social behavior by scrapping the government’s new national maritime flagship, which is expected to cost around £ 200million and £ 83million a year to operate.

Labor also wants to tackle the underlying causes of drug addiction as part of its drug policy. Starmer supported Scotland’s decision to allow officers to issue police warnings to people caught in possession of Class A drugs, rather than prosecuting them. The regime will allow the police to exercise their discretion in individual use cases. Those caught supplying drugs to others will always face criminal charges.

Thomas-Symonds said at an event on the sidelines of the conference on Sunday that leaders could adopt a similar policy in England and Wales. “Keir and I are not in favor of changing the legal framework for drugs, but within this framework we need to address the underlying causes of drug addiction. Part of that has always been on the non-judicial dispositions for possession, ”he said.

Blair’s slogan “tough on crime, tough on the causes of crime” has been widely seen as an effective tactic to undermine the hard-line policies of the Conservatives under John Major’s government. Thomas-Symonds also took a critical look at protesters from the Insulate Britain group, which disrupted motorway traffic across the country.

Oliver Dowden, Chairman of the Conservative Party, said: “Labor has shown time and again that they are weak against crime and weak against the causes of crime. They voted against tougher sentences for the most serious offenders, refused to give more power to our frontline officers, and it was revealed this week that they will be giving warnings to Class A drug addicts instead of pursue them. “

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