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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Pols Hit British 'Values'

LONDON () -- With Britain's political parties battling for the moral high ground in the runup to a general election, the Conservative government pledged Sunday that family values would be taught in a new code for schools.

The wife of a school headmaster stabbed to death by a teenager struck an emotional chord with Britons last week when she called for a moral crusade to redress the collapse of discipline. Political leaders, mindful of a general election that must be called by next May, fell over themselves to back her rallying cry.

The Conservatives, eager not to lose ground to the opposition Labour Party over law and order, has announced it is to bring in mandatory sentencing for criminals and hastily agreed to new laws on curbing pedophiles and stalkers.