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Last Updated: Sunday, 18 February 2007, 11:21 GMT
Cameron addresses law and order
David Cameron
I think I am highlighting the right issues for the future of our country...
David Cameron

As police continue their investigations into the recent shootings in London, Conservative Leader, David Cameron, told the Politics Show that the police service was in need of reform.

Mr Cameron said: "I think at the moment we've got a situation where the police feel incredibly put upon by regulations and targets and instructions from above, from the Home Office, rather than actually looking down at the people they're meant to be serving and responding to their concerns.

"And that's the big cultural change that needs to take place in the police."

He stressed the need for greater accountability: "One way I believe we can do it is by, if you look at the moment, the police are supposed to be accountable to Police Authorities, but I don't think anybody knows who sits on Police Authorities or what they do.

"And so we've said, why not replace the Police Authorities with a single elected Police Commissioner, not a police chief, he wouldn't or she wouldn't run the police, but they would be the chief focus for public accountability."

Mr Cameron also said that the Conservative Party should not tack back to a core vote strategy. He said: "Well I won't do that because you don't win elections at the fringes and you don't serve your country by being at the fringes. You win elections and serve your country"

Revelations revisited

Reflecting on last weekend's revelations about his teenage drug use, Mr Cameron said: "... I'm human, I've made mistakes, I will make more mistakes and it's for people to judge me as a person, as a politician, as a character, as a leader, and in the end, they'll make the judgements and I just have to do my best."

He added: "If you spend your whole time looking back and thinking, well how did that go and how did this go, you'd never have any time to look forward.

"And I get up every day and think, right, what are we going to do today to try to succeed in politics and to do for the good things of this country.

"If I spend all my time thinking about last week or the week before, I wouldn't get anywhere."

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The Politics Show Sunday 25 February 2007 at 12:00 GMT on BBC One.

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