A record of cutting crime was highlighted by Secretary of State for Justice, Rt. Hon. Chris Grayling, Lord Chancellor when he visited Bishop Norton.
He attended a campaign event in the village to support Sir Edward Leigh’s campaign to be re-elected in the May 7 election and was greeted by around 60 Conservative supporters.
The Justice Secretary said: “I am pleased that since 2010 crime has fallen by more than a fifth – the lowest level on record. Under our Government if you commit a crime, you are more likely to go to prison and you will go there for longer.
“We have toughened up the criminal justice system, so that if you commit two serious sexual or violent offences you’ll get an automatic life sentence.
“By May 2015, we will have three thousand more adult male places than we inherited from Labour. We are working to make our prison system a more constructive place for those who are there: It’s less crowded than it was under Labour. There are fewer assaults than under Labour. Absconds from open prisons are far lower than under Labour and We’ve introduced more work to prisons”
He also praised the local party in West Lindsey: “It is absolutely vital that we throw our weight behind the Conservatives on the ground in the country. Their work, your work, is going to make all the difference this time.”
“What I am seeing around the country and what I can see here, is that team playing at its best. We have a strong story to tell. But we have to get out and tell it, to a public who are sometimes sceptical.”
It’s great to find the people who are the backbone of our party step by step breaking down that cynicism and helping win the votes we will need to emerge successful on May 7th. To all of those people, we owe a big debt of gratitude.
Sir Edward Leigh, added: “It is wonderful to welcome Chris to our beautiful part of the country, the great constituency of Gainsborough and here in Bishop Norton, near Market Rasen.”