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The tough Liberal's call to order

PUBLISHED March 4, 2005

Liberal Democrats must show voters they can trump their rivals' law and order policies by proving that Labour and Tory rhetoric masks a failure to curb crime, Mark Oaten will tell his party's spring conference tomorrow. "Tough slogans are soft options," he says.

In a pre-conference interview with the Guardian the home affairs spokesman admitted that accepting Labour's plans for control orders to tackle terrorism was "not a popular decision" with all his colleagues. "There will be some cases where you cannot prosecute," he said. "As a mature party - a sensible party - we cannot just walk away from it."