ASBOs (Supplementary) [2]

Session date: 
October 20, 2004
Question By: 
Graham Tope
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


): I am surprised The Mayor chose to try and introduce party politics, even into this answer. Can I make clear the Liberal Democrats have not and do not oppose anti?social behaviour orders? Liberal Democrat?run boroughs do use them when they are appropriate. Would The Mayor agree that they are but one measure, and that there are plenty of others that are appropriate, particularly in preventative work? Since Ms Arnold has chosen to mention her home borough of Islington, is he aware that there are currently 220 acceptable behaviour contracts in existence in Islington? Is he aware that, according to the MORI polls there, the people of Islington believe there has been a substantial reduction in anti?social behaviour since Labour were thrown out of office there? Is he aware that there has been a fall in recorded crime in Islington? Will he accept that actually using a range of measures, rather than a blinkered approach which he seems to be advocating from the Labour Party, is actually a lot more successful?

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Answer for ASBOs (Supplementary) [2]

Answer for ASBOs (Supplementary) [2]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I know what you say is true because, in the opinion poll we have just had, 45% of Londoners say they are now seeing more police on the streets. An overwhelming majority of Londoners think this is leading to a reduction in anti?social behaviour. Therefore, we have all played a role in this, but I am glad that some Liberal councils are using this. We can all just be grateful that the Liberal Democrat MPs who opposed in Parliament did not carry the day, and good Liberal and Labour and Conservative councils are now able to use these orders because no one paid any attention to Charles Kennedy and his bleeding heart Liberals.