YEP Says, April 10: Cameron’s saying one thing – but he is doing another

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THERE are a number of areas of Conservative policy that are difficult to reconcile.

THERE are a number of areas of Conservative policy that are difficult to reconcile.

David Cameron insists his party stands for aspiration and seeks to build a Britain that rewards those who work hard.

Yet he refuses to act on zero-hours contracts and far too few households are experiencing the benefits of a so-called recovery we’re told is being built on the back of his much-vaunted “long-term economic plan”.

The same goes for the issue of devolution and how far he is willing to go in terms of giving Leeds the powers it needs to build a better, brighter future for its citizens.

During another day of campaigning in West Yorkshire yesterday, he told the YEP the city would be given control over key areas of spending in the same way as Manchester has.

He insisted these powers weren’t dependent on Leeds agreeing to have a new elected mayor as they have across the Pennines.

Yet the message from George Osborne, who is handling the devolution rollout, appears to be the exact opposite.

If David Cameron expects people in Leeds to vote for his party, he needs to start being straight with us.

Abuse arrests just don’t add up

IT is often said that the only crumb of comfort to be taken from high-profile abuse cases such as that involving Jimmy Savile is that it means the issue is out in the open and it may give more victims the confidence to come forward.

But while that is indeed being borne out by the statistics, which show that reports of child sex abuse to West Yorkshire Police have risen by 160 per cent in just three years, it’s not being accompanied by a similarly dramatic increase in arrests, which have risen by just 17 per cent over the same period.

The force was recently criticised for the manner in which it dealt with complaints of abuse and, while the reasons why arrests weren’t made in each case are not known, these figures will add to public unease.

Abuse cases can be complicated and police must have the resources – and the competency – to ensure victims receive justice.

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A flower tied to police tape outside the Queen Elizabeth II Centre in London, after seven people were arrested in raids in London, Birmingham and elsewhere linked to the Westminster terror attack. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday March 23, 2017. See PA story POLICE Westminster. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

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