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    Actress backs Tories to mend 'broken society'


    by ODN


    Former EastEnders actress Brooke Kinsella has backed David Cameron's campaign to mend Britain's "broken society", insisting the Labour government have not "done enough".

    Ms Kinsella, whose brother Ben was stabbed to death in 2008, will head a panel of three or four young people who would help a Tory government identify which projects to support in the 100 most deprived wards in the country.

    Addressing an event hosted by the Centre for Social Justice thinktank in south east London, Ms Kinsella said the Tory plans for knife crime were the toughest of any party, and said of Labour: "Sadly, although I think they care, I do not think they have done enough."

    Ms Kinsella said the death of her brother had "completely destroyed" her family. Since then she had been going through a "journey" trying to make sure it did not happen to "someone else's brother, someone else's son".

    She insisted that education, rehabilitation and discipline were needed to tackle the problem: "We do need discipline because we need to show there is a right and there is a wrong and if you do wrong you can't be allowed to get away with it."

    She went on: "It's all very well saying we won't tolerate the carrying of a weapon, you should expect to go to jail. But how often is this being enforced?"

    Ms Kinsella said she wanted to "put my faith" in a government that would make the streets safe again: "I do think that David Cameron and the Conservatives will do this. Their policies on knife crime seem to be the toughest."