September 16, 2016

Westminster Hall Debate – Prison Safety

This month in my role as Shadow Prisons Minister I gave the Labour Party’s response at a Westminster Hall Debate on Prison Safety. The debate was secured by Chair of the Justice Select Committee and MP for Bromley and Chislehurst Bob Neil, and focused on the Justice Select Committee’s report into prison safety which was published in May 2016 and …

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September 9, 2016

Justice Questions: Prison Officer Recruitment and Pre-Sentence Reports for the Courts

Today in Justice Questions I asked the Justice Secretary what she is doing to improve the numbers of prison officers recruited in our public prisons, and called on the Justice Secretary to hold an urgent review quality of pre-sentence reports for the courts following the Government’s privatisation of the probation sector. The number of frontline officers working in public-sector prisons …

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June 15, 2016

Justice Questions – EU Prisoner Transfer Directives

Today in Justice Questions I took the opportunity as Shadow Prisons Minister to raise with the Government the importance of remaining a member of the European Union in order for compulsory prisoner transfer agreements to stay in place. This system was established by the European Union and enables Britain to deport prisoners back to their country of origin. My first …

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April 26, 2016

Justice Questions – Tackling the Prison Crisis

Today, I asked the Justice Secretary to take urgent action in tackling the prison crisis and to stop simply speaking about reform. My question comes following the release of a prison report from Lewes Prison today which found that prisoners were being kept in their cells for 23 hours a day. A similar report released earlier this month from Wormwood Scrubs also revealed high …

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