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Wright: Security at home and abroad

To the Welsh Conservative Party Conference in Llandudno.

"Ladies and Gentlemen,

We live at a time of uncertainty.

Our communities look with horror at developments in the Middle East and other parts of the world. They fear the unknown and the seemingly illogical.

Here at home they also find unease in the behaviour of a minority amongst us.

In particular the apparent random violence of stabbings and the in-aptly termed "happy slapping".

Almost every night in most major towns in this country gangs wander around drunk, shouting abuse and threatening violence.

Decent people tend to avoid city centres.

Pensioners in particular are fearful of this disorder.

Our senior citizens deserve respect. It is deplorable that in areas of Rhyl they feel afraid to go out.

How has our Govt responded to this insecurity?

Blair's Labour is more interested in headline grabbing initiatives and short termism.

Remember the Prime Minister being caught out saying he was only interested in "eye catching initiatives"?

He was going to march people off to cash machines. Remember that?

He was going to be tough on crime and tough on the causes of crime. It's a pity he didn't march John Prescott off.

But you know it is not really funny. In pursuit of headlines this Govt has done more to undermine our ancient liberties than perhaps any that has preceded it for generations.

I think the thing that galls me the most is the way they run these bogus consultations.

They are always asking us what we think but each and every time they have already decided what they are going to do.

What does Peter Hain want to do? Create an all-Wales police force nobody in Wales wants.

Why do they insult the Welsh people?

Why don't they tell us what this will really cost?

Why don't they tell people in Rhyl, Prestatyn and Denbigh, in my prospective constituency, that this will mean our money will go down south yet again.

That we will have less local accountability.

Conference - how should our Party address this time of uncertainty here and abroad?

We must draw on Conservative values and principles that have carried our nation through uncertainty before.

The surest way to ensure our future is to uphold our liberties and to restore that sense of duty and responsibility that bound communities together and acted as a beacon to the world.

That is our challenge.

It is one that our Leader is addressing head on with a renewal of Conservatism and of community values.

Labour are the past. We offer change, optimism and hope. That is why we are winning again."

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