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Leak reveals Blair-Clarke rift over Asbos

PUBLISHED July 4, 2005

Downing Street has insisted that Tony Blair has "complete confidence" in the Home Secretary after a leaked memo suggested a rift had emerged over Charles Clarke's handling of anti-social behaviour issues and ID cards.

The memo shows that Tony Blair warned the Home Secretary of the dangers of " a sense of fatalism" creeping in over yob culture.
It says Mr Blair told Mr Clarke at a meeting on 20 June that it was vital the Government addressed low-level disorder and misbehaviour, which he said were seen as "a real issue" by the public. He ordered urgent action to prevent a "sense of fatalism" setting in.