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Sun Dec 30, 2012, 12:25 PM

Spending cuts will create social unrest in our cities

(Letter to the Guardian from the Mayor of Liverpool and Council Leaders of Sheffield and Newcastle):

'....As leaders of some of the largest cities in England, we recently wrote to Eric Pickles to warn him that the cuts in local government services have now gone too far. Rising crime, increasing community tension and more problems on our streets will contribute to the break up of civil society if we do not turn back.

The One Nation Tory brand of Conservatism recognised the duty of government to help the country's most deprived in the belief that economic and social responsibility benefited us all. What we have today is a brand of Conservatism that has no social conscience, taking us back to a Dickensian view of the world. The unfairness of the government's cuts is in danger of creating a deeply divided nation....'


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