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Thursday, 30 November, 2000, 15:24 GMT
Labour talks tough on crime
Football fan drinking
The UK's drinking culture has also been criticised
Labour has pledged to make the fight against crime one of its top priorities in the next session of Parliament.

Several new proposals designed to address the problem will be included in the Queen's speech next week, according to a Downing Street spokesman.

The government is also expected to use next Wednesday's speech to underline the theme of "opportunity and responsibility".

The announcement follows Home Secretary Jack Straw's call for a "responsible society", in the wake of the killing of 10-year-old Damilola Taylor.

Damilola Taylor
The stabbing of Damilola Taylor has sparked debate over attitudes to crime
The home secretary called for people to take a stand against a growing culture of thuggery, bullying and violence, stressing that with the rights enjoyed by people in society came a responsibility to that society.

"I'm not talking here about 'having a go' or getting involved in a potentially dangerous situation," said Mr Straw.

"But people do have a responsibility to report crimes and to help the police and other agencies in their work to tackle crime.

"If we are to create the responsible society then we must both narrow the circle of acquiescence and encourage a different kind of wider society - one which actively challenges criminal and anti-social behaviour."

The Queen's speech is expected to include measures "at every single level to tackle crime", according to the government spokesman.

Among these will be initiatives aimed at "tackling street crime, tackling the yob culture and tackling drugs".

The spokesman declined to say how many Bills might be contained in the speech.

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