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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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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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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