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Lib Dems respond to knife crime reports

May 2, 2014 10:18 AM
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats

Responding to reports of a coalition split on minimum sentencing for knife crimes, the Liberal Democrats have said:

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"The idea that Nick Clegg, Danny Alexander or any other Lib Dem would wish to make our society less safe is ridiculous. Quite rightly, there is ongoing debate across Government about how to improve policy on knife crime.

"This debate is being driven by seeking out what will actually be most effective. Whilst minimum sentencing might sound attractive in media headlines there is a serious risk it could undermine the role of the judges who are best place to decide on sentencing by virtue of their role. Sending youngsters automatically to jail regardless of the circumstances also has the potential to turn them into hardened criminals and can lead to more not less crime

"Those people who have leaked this correspondence out of context and those seeking to exploit it on a Party basis in such a tragic week will have to examine their own conscience.

"The Liberal Democrats are interested in what actually works to tackle knife crime, rather than tough sounding gimmicks."