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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July 25, 2016

Attorney General Questions – July

Since the EU referendum result there has been a resounding silence from the Government on whether they will keep the workplace and employment protections that EU law has developed and underpinned in the UK for many years. Our right not to be discriminated against on grounds of race, gender, disability, sexual orientation, religious belief and age is there because of …

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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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May 26, 2016

Funding for the Serious Fraud Office – My Question to the Attorney General

This morning at Attorney General Questions I pressed the Government to look at the way the Serious Fraud Office is funded. In my role as Shadow Solicitor General I asked Jeremy Wright, The Attorney General, about a report from HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate, published this week, which found that the current funding model for the Serious Fraud Office does not …

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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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March 15, 2016

The Investigatory Powers Bill

Today the Investigatory Powers Bill (IPB) will be debated in the House of Commons for the first time. This is called the “second reading” and is the first of a number of stages.  The table below shows how the IPB will have to work its way through each stage in Parliament before it becomes law.  I support the principle of legislation that …

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February 25, 2016

Speaking Up for Victims of Sexual Assault and Rape at Attorney General Questions

Speaking up for victims of sexual assault and rape at Attorney General Questions On Thursday 25th February I questioned the Solicitor General Robert Buckland MP on the failings of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in delivering a adequate level of care for victims. In its latest thematic review of Rape and Serious Sexual Offence units, Her Majesty’s Chief Prosecution Service Inspectorate …

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February 11, 2016

This Month in Justice…

It’s been a very busy month for me in the Shadow Justice Team. On 26th January it was Justice Questions in the House of Commons. I took the opportunity to raise the statistic to the Minister for Prisons, Andrew Selous that Prison Service anti-riot squads were used on 339 occasions in 2015; which was an increase of 52% compared to 2014. …

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