The European Crime and Safety Survey has again labelled Britain a "high crime" country, with the highest levels of burglary and assault in the EU. David Davis responded:

"This survey shows that by any measure we are doing badly in comparison to the rest of Europe. Despite
the Government’s protestations, it is clear that ten years of failure
have left the British public more at risk from both property crime and
violent crime than any other comparable country in Europe."

On a related issue, Davis has today written an open letter to Sir Gus O’Donnell, the Cabinet Secretary, giving formal notice that an incoming Conservative Government would scrap ID cards. He enquired if any provisions had been made:

"in the relevant
contractual arrangements to protect the Government – and public funds –
against the costs that would be incurred as a result of early
cancellation of the scheme."

Ahead of the Party launching campaign against ID cards tomorrow, Davis is basically arguing that the Government should think twice about the scheme because the Conservatives would scrap it in a few years anyway.

Deputy Editor