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Ken Clarke to drop Tory knife jail pledge

A Conservative election pledge that anyone caught carrying a knife could expect a jail term will not be implemented, the BBC has been told.

Justice Secretary Ken Clarke said people found guilty of serious knife crimes would, but that otherwise sentencing policy would be determined by judges.

Asked by BBC political editor Nick Robinson whether people caught carrying knives could expect a lesser punishment, Mr Clarke said ministers would not insist on "absolute tariffs".

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