PM in 'tough' crime push
David Cameron will pledge a new “tough but intelligent” approach to cracking down on crime on Monday.
In his first major speech on law and order since coming to power will outline plans to introduce life sentences for gun dealers, fines for prison officials who fail to stop criminals re-offending and stricter curbs on "cushy" jail regimes.
Home Secretary Theresa May hailed the plans to make gun-dealing a crime, telling the Sunday Politics:
"I think that it is right that we have introduced that offence because those people that are supplying the firearms are as guilty as the people using them when it comes to the impact."
But the Prime Minister came under fire from former Met chief Lord Blair, who accused Mr Cameron of making a "very cynical" move to "get away from this story about privilege" which has dogged the Government.
Meanwhile Sadiq Khan, Labour's justice spokesman, said the announcements showed the Government's justice policy was "in tatters" and marked a move to the right.
"This is empty rhetoric from a weak Prime Minister who is pandering to the backbenchers that forced out Andrew Mitchell."