David Blunkett wants to be a "Tough Home Secretary in a compassionate government"
I particularily welcome his promise to recruit 2000 new CSOs (Community Support Officers) by March 2005. Admittedly, that is only three per constituency but it is a step in the direction to dedicated community policing teams.
He says that hot crimes of the past such as burglary and car theft have been successfully dealt with. A £90m anti-terror expansion in police special branch is also promised. He goes on to have a political dig "Tough Liberalism is like Compassionate Conservatism".
He looks for "sensible balance on sentencing" and also says that you "cannot turn around crime unless you turn around criminals" but goes on to talk tough with more prison places and weekend jails for women with families.
Blunkett hits the right note being strong on anti-social behaviour and counter-terrorism.