Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Cameron Tells Yobs: Watch out the Tories Are About

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Cameron Tells Yobs: Watch out the Tories Are About

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Byline: PAUL WAUGH Deputy Political Editor

DAVID CAMERON today warned young people that a Conservative government would impose curfews on yobs, axe cautions and lock up drunks.

Unveiling new moves to tackle crime, the Tory leader said children and adults would have to understand that under his premiership "you're not going to get away with it any more".

"If we win the next election, I want a loud and clear message to be heard by every kid who's getting into trouble and every kid who's thinking about it: It's the Conservatives you're dealing with now," Mr Cameron said. His remarks came as shadow home secretary Chris Grayling set out plans to reverse Labour's binge-drinking crisis, put more police on the streets and target gang ring-leaders.

In his first major speech since taking over his post, Mr Grayling said he would be "unashamedly tough" with youth crime.

He also denied that it was "inevitable" offending should rise in a recession, as predicted by the Home Office.

Mr Cameron, who was accused of "hug a hoodie" rhetoric two years ago, stressed that he still wanted to tackle the causes of crime. But he declared that under a Tory government the Home Secretary would only be focused on cutting crime rather than acting as "social services" for perpetrators.

"For the last decade or so, we have seen that vital, single-minded focus on crime-fighting disastrously diluted so the Home Office and the police too often see themselves as some kind of social service," he said.

"No. They are not a social service.

They are a force. And with a Conservative government I want them to be a force to be respected and reckoned with.

"I want the police to do what they're supposed to do which is to fight crime, not waste time." Mr Grayling said that a Conservative government would reintroduce a sense of "right and wrong" in the criminal justice system. …

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