The Straits Times
Published on Oct 22, 2012

Cameron to fight back on crime after grim week


LONDON (REUTERS) - British Prime Minister David Cameron will seek to draw a line under a torrid period for his Conservative Party on Monday, promising a "tough but intelligent" approach to crime that supporters hope will steady the government after a series of blunders.

In his first major speech on crime since his coalition took power in 2010, Mr Cameron will call for long sentences for the worst criminals and rehabilitation and education for others to cut reoffending, according to advance extracts. Agencies helping to rehabilitate offenders should be paid by results, he will say.

The Conservatives have fallen further behind the opposition Labour Party, a poll suggested on Sunday, and critics say they are increasingly seen as both incompetent and out of touch with ordinary voters.

A ComRes poll in the Sunday Mirror newspaper put the Conservatives down two points from last month on 33 per cent, behind Labour, up three on 41 per cent. A second survey in the Mail on Sunday put support for the Conservatives at 30 percent, with Labour 13 points ahead on 43.