"6. Security and freedom must go hand in hand.
In fighting crime and terrorism, we will be hard-nosed defenders of freedom and security. We will ensure strong defence and the effective enforcement of laws that balance liberty and safety – instead of ineffective authoritarianism which puts both freedom and security at risk."
This is all very well again but Conservatives do need to give more emphasis to the security concerns of the British people. Labour think they are on to a winner in this whole area. Again and again every poll shows that the British people want homeland security taken seriously and they support most of Labour’s security measures. Conservatives can’t just oppose Labour’s "ineffective authoritarianism" – our home office team must actively propose our own security measures.