Labour to vow to be 'tough on crime, tough on the causes of crime'
Keir Starmer will channel Tony Blair with pledge to be ‘tough on crime, tough on the causes of crime’ as he unveils Labour’s plan to tackle antisocial behaviour
- Labour Party to say it wants more police on streets and a major recruitment drive
- Home affairs spokesman to accuse Tories of being ‘soft on crime’ and its ’causes’
- Tory chairman branded Labour ‘time and time again’ as being ‘weak on crime’
Sir Keir Starmer will echo New Labour in pledging to be ‘tough on crime, tough on the causes of crime’ today, with a plan to tackle antisocial behaviour.
His home affairs spokesman will promise more bobbies on the beat to boost the ‘eyes, ears and boots on the ground’ and a major recruitment drive for volunteer police officers.
Nick Thomas-Symonds wants a national rollout of ‘police hubs’ with their own neighbourhood crime prevention teams.
He will accuse the Tories of being ‘soft on crime and soft on causes of crime’ – in a spin on Tony Blair’s famous slogan.
Mr Thomas-Symonds adds: ‘With me as home secretary, if there is trouble on your street Labour will make sure that someone is there.’
The promise is a centrepiece of Labour’s public service day.
Sir Keir Starmer’s (pictured) home affairs spokesman will promise more bobbies on the beat to boost the ‘eyes, ears and boots on the ground’ and a major recruitment drive for volunteer police officers
Education spokesman Kate Green will promise an extended school day for new activities including art, sport, cooking and coding.
And health spokesman Jonathan Ashworth will say NHS waiting lists are forcing more people to pay for an operation.
Mr Thomas-Symonds will pledge to introduce a ‘next generation neighbourhood watch’ using technology including video doorbells and WhatsApp groups to bring people together to share information to tackle crime.
‘In Tory Britain, people say you never see police on the beat any more,’ he said.
‘That schoolchildren feel afraid at the bus stop. That people feel unsafe going out after dark.
‘This is the price of years of Tory cuts to neighbourhood policing.’
Oliver Dowden, chairman of the Conservative Party, said: ‘Labour have shown time and time again that they are weak on crime and weak on the causes of crime.
‘They voted against tougher sentences for the most serious offenders, refused to back giving our frontline officers greater powers, and it was revealed this week that they would issue warnings to Class A drug users instead of prosecuting them.’
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