Cameron to use UK riots to push through reforms

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Posted: Aug 18, 2011 5:22 AM
Cameron to use UK riots to push through reforms

A senior British lawmaker says Prime Minister David Cameron will use the fallout from England's riots to push through social reforms.

Iain Duncan Smith, who is in charge of welfare and employment policy as Work and Pensions Secretary, said that four nights of looting and violence last week had served as a warning to the government.

In an interview with weekly The Spectator magazine released Thursday, Smith said the unrest across London and other major English cities would prove a pivotal moment in Cameron's leadership.

Cameron, who took office in May 2010, has made it clear that "this, now, is his big focus," Duncan Smith was quoted as saying.

Home Secretary Theresa May and Duncan Smith will report to Parliament in October will new plans to tackle gang-related violence in Britain.