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Press Cycle #8 - Crime
#1
"With the murder of Damilola Taylor crime has once again become a real concern for many people. With the Conservatives outlining their vision recently, what must the government do?"

This press cycle will be closed at 23:59 on the 16/02/18.

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The very real, dramatic rise in violent crime over the past few years is something that deeply affects the lives of ordinary Britons of all backgrounds, and not an issue to be taken lightly. You only need to ask people in the streets for their honest opinion and you will see how hard it is to carry on with ordinary live if you face constant fears about the safety of your family. And against this backdrop, what we currently see is a Government that has not spoken on this fundamental issue, and a Home Secretary who doesn't seem interested in changing the current approach even on a flawed immigration approach. Britain deserves a government who is unquestionably, unflinchingly tough on crime.
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If there was any doubt that the Conservative Party is the right party to effectively and strongly fight back against crime, the vision outlined by Harold Saxon should prove the committment we have to ensure this issue is handled decisively. A common-sense, no-nonsense approach which purports to stop tying the hands of our brave police officers, which recognizes the importance of intelligence and proper vigilance, which finally stands tough on sentencing and punishment for those who committ heinous crimes or fail to learn the lesson the first time. If you want an alternative committed to saying enough is enough on crime, look no further than the Conservative Party.
Rt. Hon. Andrew Summer - Conservative and Unionist Party
Member of Parliament for Ashford (1987 - Present)

Shadow Leader of the House of Commons (2002 - )
Chairman of the Conservative Party (2002 - )


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The Tories and Labour like to say that they are "getting tough on crime", it's a fantastic buzz phrase that MPs can pull out when they need your vote and there is of course a place for punishment in the justice system, repaying your debt to society and all that. But where the Tories and Labour are all about retribution the Liberal Democrats want to rehabilitate criminals and look at the causes of crime to knock it out root and branch. There's no two ways about it poverty is a leading factor in determining if one is going to commit a crime, so the Liberal Democrats have put together a plan for our upcoming Shadow Budget that would significantly reduce poverty in our nation through a combination of increasing welfare by double inflation and a sizeable increase in education funding. On top of this we are increasing rehabilitation funding by 40% to ensure that criminals don't leave prison only to be put right back inside a few months later.
REBECCA FLAIR

LIB DEM MP FOR MONTGOMERYSHIRE
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Ms Flair talks about a 40% rise in rehabilitation funding, increasing welfare by double inflation and increasing education funding. What she hasn't told you is what stealth taxes she would increase to pay for it.  The Conservatives have a clear tough approach on crime, with our two strike system we can make our society safer to live in.
Sir Harold Saxon MP

Former Leader of the Opposition (2000-2002)

MP for Aylesbury

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Mr Saxon talks about stealth taxes completely ignoring the fact that the national finances are currently in surplus, the Liberal Democrat plan will see us invest this surplus in our public services rather than cut them to the bone as he proposed in his infamous Newsnight interview. I have pledged not to turn the surplus into a deficit, either before or after investment, but the reality is we have got to spend money to lift people out of poverty and out of crime. The Liberal Democrats have an open, transparent and costed plan, the Tories would clearly just lock everyone up and throw away the key.
REBECCA FLAIR

LIB DEM MP FOR MONTGOMERYSHIRE
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'Emergencies' have always been the pretext on which the safeguards of individual liberty have been eroded. - Friedrich Hayek
Underlying most arguments against the free market is a lack of belief in freedom itself. - Milton Friedman
Nothing is so permanent as a temporary government program. - Milton Friedman
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Under the Liberal Democrats they would spend spend and spend without any thought of the impact on the general public. Flair hasnt denied she would raise taxes to fund the 40% increase in rehabilitation spending. The Conservatives have a clear tough plan on crime, isolating those from society who are a danger. The Liberal Democrats and the Government arent prepared to take the steps that are needed to make this country safer.
Sir Harold Saxon MP

Former Leader of the Opposition (2000-2002)

MP for Aylesbury

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Contrary to Harold's bizarre claim that the Liberal Democrats are the new Labour of the 70s I can of course reveal that the Lib Dem plan for your taxes would see them fall, not rise. The Liberal Democrat plan will see income tax cut by raising the personal allowance and will see us make full use of the Budget Surplus that we currently find ourselves in possession of. The only direct tax on your earnings that will go up under the Liberal Democrat plan is Inheritance Tax, Income Tax, VAT and National Insurance shall all stay the same or go down under our plan.
REBECCA FLAIR

LIB DEM MP FOR MONTGOMERYSHIRE
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'Emergencies' have always been the pretext on which the safeguards of individual liberty have been eroded. - Friedrich Hayek
Underlying most arguments against the free market is a lack of belief in freedom itself. - Milton Friedman
Nothing is so permanent as a temporary government program. - Milton Friedman
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There we have it ladies and gentlemen, Rebecca Flair has promised to raise VAT, Income Tax, National Insurance and Inheritance Tax. Under this out of touch Liberal Democrat Party their taxation plans will hit people where it hurts the most, they cannot be trusted

Let's put things into perspective here, we've seen the callous murder of a young boy, violent crime is rising and the Govenrment must do more to tackle It. We need a new approach. A tough approach on crime is the only way we can lower violent crime in this country. Our two strike approach will ensure that serial offenders, those who commit violent crimes like murder and rape will be isolated from the rest of society for their rest of their life.

The Liberal Democrats talk about using rehabilitation to tackle violent crime rather than a tough no nonsense approach by isolating those who seek to harm us from society. Ms Flair criticised our plans for locking everyone up and throwing away the key. The real question we need to ask ourselves is this, if a violent offender was rehabilitated, can we be absolutely sure that they are no longer a danger to society? The Conservatives two strike approach is the only sensible way to reduce violent crime, to prevent a callous attack like the Death of Damilola Taylor happening again.
Sir Harold Saxon MP

Former Leader of the Opposition (2000-2002)

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This silent Government have failed to outline what they plan to do to tackle violent crime. The Home Secretary is nowhere to be seen, the Prime Minister hasn't said a word about how the Government plans to tackle violent crime. The Government's silence shows not only are they unfit to lead this country but it shows there is no plan at all to tackle violent crime. Whilst Labour remain silent, the Conservatives' two strike plan will ensure we can all live in a safer society.

The murder of Damilola Taylor is a wake up call for British Society and a wake up call for this Government to take immediate action to ensure our streets our safer, silence is not the answer.

The Conservatives plan to install CCTV in town centres, pubs and clubs, legislation to create a new offence for aggravated possesion of a knife, more police officers and mandatory life sentencing for repeat violent offenders is the right way forward for a safer society.
Sir Harold Saxon MP

Former Leader of the Opposition (2000-2002)

MP for Aylesbury

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Mr Saxon has shown himself to be a liar and an imbecile, my previous statement ruled out the prospect of Income Tax, VAT or National Insurance rises. I repeat, "The only direct tax on your earnings that will go up under the Liberal Democrat plan is Inheritance Tax, Income Tax, VAT and National Insurance shall all stay the same or go down under our plan."

The Tories may like to pretend that prison is the only answer and that rehabilitation is worthless, but unless they intend to jail every violent offender for life the fact of the matter is that these people shall be back on our streets at some point in time. It is therefore better to rehabilitate them into our society so that they may be an active part of it, less inclined to commit future crimes, than send them out of jail only for them to go on to commit a further crime. The Tories' plan is slapdash and irresponsible, but at least they have one unlike the Government. Only the Lib Dems have a clear, costed and future-proof plan that will cut re-offending and punish offenders with a 40% rise in funding for rehabilitation and investment in 10,000 new prison places over the next year.

I wonder what the Government's position on this tragedy and the broader issue of crime is? It would be nice of them to show up and actually tell us so we have something to critique as the opposition.
REBECCA FLAIR

LIB DEM MP FOR MONTGOMERYSHIRE
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'Emergencies' have always been the pretext on which the safeguards of individual liberty have been eroded. - Friedrich Hayek
Underlying most arguments against the free market is a lack of belief in freedom itself. - Milton Friedman
Nothing is so permanent as a temporary government program. - Milton Friedman
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Rebecca Flair is more interested about taxation than how we are actually going to tackle crime in this country.If Ms Flair had her way we would find those who have committed serious violent crimes would be back on our streets free to reoffend again.  Let's be clear here, the only sensible answer to reduce violent crime and prevent a callous murder like the murder of Damilola Taylor from happening again is to isolate dangerous violent criminals from society for life, the Conservatives two strike approach will achieve that.
Sir Harold Saxon MP

Former Leader of the Opposition (2000-2002)

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There is no maximum price on public safety and order, the Conservatives will seek to preserve law and order and prevent anarchy no matter the cost. But we will do so efficiently and will look to cut waste either in policing or in other areas in order to save money and provide an even more efficient crime fighting system than we currently have in place. Spending vast sums of money on a service does not equate to better performance and as such we, The Conservatives, will explore all avenues towards fighting crime and preserving public safety.
Amelia Wilson MP
Shadow Secretary of State for Defence
Fmr. Shadow Home Secretary & [b][i]Shadow Women's and Equalities Minister[/i][/b]
Conservative and Unionist Party 
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Labour: 0
 
A boy has been murdered, and while, thanks to HomeSec Tony Blair, Labour has the edge over the Tories on crime it is an area Labour is traditionally weaker on. Now nothing has been said, no strategy outlined and no condolences given. It makes the government look cruel, silent, ineffective and takes them back to square one on the crime scenario – no longer do people believe that Labour will keep them safe.
 
Conservative: 35
 
Okay, this wasn’t perfect (… why was there a tax debate?!) but you didn’t just win, but won overwhelmingly. Saxon’s speech was well received and you effectively took those popular policies and kept parroting them to the press – and benefited from it. The Tories are once again the party setting the agenda on crime.
 
Liberal Democrats: 15
 
It wasn’t that you did badly here – this was all very good, but the Tories were more persistent in the press and seemed to have policies beyond budgetary ones – that and Flair, while she makes her case well, is slightly out of step with the average British voters’ opinion. Well done.
 
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