However, Mr Straw said Labour would introduce statutory regulation as part of plans to curb the private security industry. He said it was intolerable that clampers had threatened to hold a woman's three-year-old daughter as surety while she collected a pounds 60 penalty from a bank and that a hearse should be clamped outside a church, with the corpse still in the back. "Everybody, apart from the cowboys and the Tory party, wants these rogue clampers regulated," he said.
Cowboy wheelclampers will be regulated by a Labour Government, Labour's home affairs spokesman, Jack Straw, said last night. Since publishing a consultation paper in 1993, the Government has taken no action on the clampers, who are able to hold motorists to ransom if they park on private land.