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Can the Tories still be the party of law and order in light of the latest crime figures?

The rise in recorded crime is a result of unthinking carelessness from the Conservatives. What happened?

By Ian Blair  

British police patrol through Trafalgar Square in central London. Photo: NurPhoto/SIPA USA/PA Images

I think Amber Rudd is a decent and effective Home Secretary. I think one of Theresa May’s defining moments as a politician was when she brutally took on the Police Federation over their complacency and self-serving resistance to change, something no other Home Secretary has ever done, despite the urging of police chiefs.

However, the Conservative-led coalition and the present administration have had a blind spot about policing since their return to government in 2010. They,…

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