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Crime Reduction Strategy

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:30 pm on 29th November 1999.

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Photo of Jack Straw Jack Straw The Secretary of State for the Home Department 3:30 pm, 29th November 1999

I wholly reject that point. The right hon. Gentleman has to explain his position to his constituents. On the one hand he calls, on their behalf, for increases in spending on the police, and, I dare say, on health and education. On the other, as a member of the extreme right wing of the Conservative party—he seems to be acknowledging the fact—he supports the shadow Chancellor's criticism of our levels of spending on the police and every other public service as reckless and irresponsible. He cannot have it both ways.