I took a call from my mum while she was undertaking her state-sanctioned period of outdoor exercise on Sunday. “I’ve just seen a police car cruising around,” she said, sotto voce. “No sirens or anything. Just prowling. It drove past me; then it came back the other way a few minutes later.” To understand why […]
Some councils are doing better than others to galvanise volunteers. Where are the Police and Crime Commissioners? Plus – the imperative to free up NHS beds.
The spectacle of police drones chasing dog-walkers around the Peak District was a lockdown low-point for many of us — including former Supreme Court judge Lord Sumption whose trenchant intervention yesterday appears to have been heeded. But whatever your feeling about police tactics, you might be interested to know what the recently enacted law on […]
Since the lockdown came into force this time last week, along with the emergency powers act being passed, it’s not gone unnoticed by the public that the police have gone ever so slightly maniacal with power. Today South Wales Police have taken to shaming MP Stephen Kinnock for dropping off supplies at his dad, Neil’s, […]
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Whether moderate right Conservative, or moderate left, austerity is dead, and this new age will be with us for a long time to come.
More staff are being recruited in the town hall. We would give priority to free parking to boost our high streets.
It would require some tough decisions to pay for it, decisions I am ready to take: cutting budgets on marketing, staff, and union reps.
Labour has chosen a Corbynista as its Police and Crime commissioner candidate. He won’t provide the action we need.
The start of a weekly series previewing the local elections being held on May 7th.
We are left with a scattergun of projects, selected on old information, the best sales pitch, and political favouritism.
Many are vulnerable people in need of specialist help. Far better use could be made of the existing Public Health budget.
A candidate for Police and Crime Commissioner for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough is to be chosen on Friday.
First time young offenders need a chance of being steered away from a life of crime.
The Cambridgeshire Constabulary have been rightly criticised, but the Government needs to set timorous senior officers on firmer legal ground.
My lawyer friend Victoria Hewson and I have launched a small, non-funded campaign called ‘Radical’, aimed at fighting for truth and freedom in this arena.
Tightening the definition of a “hate incident” would help. Our new Attorney General has a lot of work to do if public confidence is to be restored.
Tagging offenders, and the provision of work programmes, can rescue those at risk of being lost to a path from which they will find it difficult to return.
We may need to move towards a mandatory minimum sentence to send a clearer message.
Applying the principles of prevention, treatment and recovery could deliver results. This could be a real legacy.
The merits of local policing, embedded in the community, should not be underestimated. Shifting to specialist teams is a mistake.
Don’t expect Downing Street to bother too much about what MPs or the media think as it prepares to shake up government.
Anna Firth has had the Rail Minister down to sort the trains and has collared the Prime Minister about getting a new hospital.
“This guy was out on automatic early release and I have long said that this system simply isn’t working.”
In 2017, they turned out, perhaps surprisingly, not to boost the cause of “the party of law and order”. What happens next this time round?
That means protecting the environment, supporting schools, and more police. It means friendly communities with better transport, homes, and high streets.
The campaign feels better run, including online. People massively prefer Boris Johnson to Corbyn. The question is whether it is enough
Vital public services face a recruitment crisis because the cost of living deters applicants. Our report shows how the Tories can address this challenge.
A string of bicycle thefts could be a coordinated plan, with those stealing the bikes paid with a small amount of Class A drugs.
Voters have a clear choice: vote Conservative or vote for further indecision, confusion and delay.
It is rural England that forms the bedrock of Conservatism. But we must not take its support for granted.