Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Weak on Crime, Weak on Causes of Crime; BLAIR TELLS MAY AND KHAN: IT'S TIME TO ACT 'If Gangs Are Allowed to Act with Impunity, People Will Become Anxious'

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Weak on Crime, Weak on Causes of Crime; BLAIR TELLS MAY AND KHAN: IT'S TIME TO ACT 'If Gangs Are Allowed to Act with Impunity, People Will Become Anxious'

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Byline: EXCLUSIVE Joe Murphy Political Editor

TONY BLAIR issues a warning today that British cities are losing the battle against violent crime.

In a major intervention, the former prime minister calls on Theresa May, Sadiq Khan and other mayors around the country to get a grip before the public stops feeling safe.

Mr Blair praises the public health model, highlighted by the Evening Standard's special investigation this week, that reduced the murder rate in Glasgow. Experts called on the Mayor to copy the Continued on Page 2 Continued from Page 1 strategy. Mr Blair's return to the political battleground of law and order, where he made his name as a leader, comes in a hard-hitting essay in today's Evening Standard.

New government statistics show that knife crime in London has risen by half since 2015.

Mr Blair, who reduced overall UK crime levels under his landmark slogan "tough on crime, tough on the causes of crime", says the crisis will be solved only by stronger political leadership. He calls for "a sharp change of direction", starting with the Prime Minister calling together mayors and police to thrash out a new approach.

His most powerful warning to Mrs May and Mr Khan is that unless they act decisively, crime will continue to rise until the public lose faith.

"If gangs operate with impunity, criminals believe they can get away with it and the police feel powerless even to keep a lid on it. The signal received will encourage all types of criminality to proliferate. People will become anxious, and crime, barely an issue in the 2015 or 2017 elections, will once again dominate as it used to do 25 years ago."

Mr Blair, the first prime minister since wartime to preside over a fall in recorded crime in his first Parliament, praised the "depth and vigour" of the Standard's investigation into rising violent crime. …

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