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Blair defends campaign against delinquence

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Blair defends campaign against delinquence


British Prime Minister Tony Blair has defended his government’s policy of punishing the families of delinquent children, saying the measures are necessary if social exclusion were to be tackled. Single parents face sanctions if they don’t accept state aid in dealing with troublesome children – but Blair rejected accusations the state was overbearing. “Where it is clear, as it very often is, at a young age that children are at risk of being brought up in a dysfunctional home where there are multiple problems, say of drug abuse, or offending, then instead of waiting until the child goes off the rails, we should act early enough – with the right help and support and disciplined framework for the family – to prevent it.” But backbench Labour MPs have written Blair a memo asking him to announce a timetable for his departure from government, with opinion polls showing electors are increasingly impatient for him to go.

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