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Chris Grayling MP

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  • = Key Development Wednesday 22nd October
  • 11:37 Chris Grayling has 'absolutely no understanding' of his role as Lord Chancellor - Falconer House of Commons

    Chris Grayling has 'absolutely no understanding' of his role as Lord Chancellor - Falconer House of Commons

    Lord Falconer has today unleashed a scathing attack on the Justice Secretary over his other role as Lord Chancellor, accusing him of having “absolutely no understanding” of his “special” position in relation to the law.    Appearing in f... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Wednesday 15th October
  • 10:45 Chris Grayling says Tory attack on ECHR is legal House of Commons

    Chris Grayling says Tory attack on ECHR is legal House of Commons

    The Justice Secretray has said his party’s stance on the European Convention on Human Rights is consistent with his role as Lord Chancellor and the Government's commitment to upholding international law. Appearing in front of the House o... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Friday 3rd October
  • 08:55 Simon Hughes: Pulling back from ECHR would send the worst signal around the world On air

    On Air | Simon Hughes MP | Justice Minister | Today, BBC Radio 4 Video Simon Hughes MP

    Simon Hughes said the Tories would not be able to remove Strasbourg's ultimate jurisdiction over UK court decisions without complete withdrawal from the European Convention on Human Rights, and warned that resiling from it would undermine i... Continue to article

  • 07:40 Chris Grayling: Public frustrated with human rights laws On air

    On Air | Chris Grayling MP | Justice Secretary and Lord Cha... | Sunrise, Sky News Video Chris Grayling MP

    Chris Grayling hit back at claims from civil liberties groups that Tory plans for a British Bill of Rights would undermine fundamental human rights. “I’m afraid they’re just plain wrong on this. What we’re doing is going back to a conven... Continue to article

  • 07:20 Dominic Grieve: Grayling ECHR plans a failure of ambition On air

    On Air | Dominic Grieve MP | Former attorney general, Conse... | Today, BBC Radio 4 Video Dominic Grieve MP

    Dominic Grieve said Chris Grayling's plan to make judgements of the European Court of Human Rights unenforceable unless ratified by Parliament risked diminishing the UK's reputation on the world stage. “I’d say to them that I always reco... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Tuesday 30th September
  • 11:08 Grayling announces victims' law plan PoliticsHome News

    Grayling announces victims' law plan PoliticsHome News

    The Conservative party manifesto will include a plan to enshrine victims' rights in law, the Justice Secretary has announced. Chris Grayling told the Tory conference that Labour had let victims down and that their experience of the crimi... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Monday 1st September
  • 10:30 Paul Goodman blog: The four Cabinet Ministers who believe that Britain should leave theEU News

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    Michael Gove, Philip Hammond, Iain Duncan Smith and Chris Grayling. Continue to article

  • = Key Development Sunday 3rd August
  • 08:55 Chris Grayling: Strong Gaza comments put us in less of a position to agree ceasefire On air

    On Air | Chris Grayling MP | Justice Secretary and Lord Cha... | Sky News Video Chris Grayling MP

    Chris Grayling suggested comments made by Ed Miliband criticising the Government’s response to the Gaza conflict risked undermining peace efforts. “I think we in Britain have to be enormously careful to try and work in a way that encoura... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Thursday 31st July
  • 16:30 Chris Grayling denies prisons crisis PoliticsHome News

    Chris Grayling denies prisons crisis PoliticsHome News

    Chris Grayling has denied that the prisons system is in crisis, following the release of new figures that show failings in certain key areas. The Justice Secretary told reporters: “I don’t accept that we are having a crisis on our prison... Continue to article

  • 14:52 Story (2 links): Sex offender programme row

    PoliticsHome Sex offender programme row Story View links

    Labour has attacked the Government after the Justice Secretary disclosed that eight prisons in England and Wales now hold only sex offenders, after a rise in number of abusers increased by 652 to more than 11,000 in one year.

    With the number of abusers rising by 652 to more than 11,000 in one year, Chris Grayling said the Government planned to cope with the increase by restricting specialist treatment courses to high risk offenders only, with lower risk offenders now set to receive what the Ministry of Justice described as “more appropriate interventions”.

    Shadow Justice Secretary Sadiq Khan said: “This a monumental admission of failure by the Government. It's their duty to ensure that offenders are punished and rehabilitated in prison. But because of their failure hundreds of sex offenders are no longer going to get the treatment programmes they need to make sure they don't go on and reoffend once released. David Cameron's policies have caused a prisons crisis and the growing chaos is exposing the public to increased danger.”

    Earlier today, a report released by the National Offender Management Service found that the number of treatment programmes on offer to convicted sex offenders decreased by 6.6% in a year.

    Mr Grayling said the move was part of plan to get away from a “one size fits all approach” to dealing with sex offenders.

    He said: “As a Government we make no apologies for putting sex offenders where they deserve – in jail.

    “But when they are there it is important that we deal with their offending behaviour – that means programmes consistent with the best evidence, targeted at those who pose the greatest threat.”

  • 12:57 Dramatic rise in prison deaths PoliticsHome News

    Dramatic rise in prison deaths PoliticsHome News

    Joe Sandler Clarke There has been a dramatic rise in the number of deaths in prison custody, figures from the Ministry of Justice show. The number of self-inflicted deaths in prisons is at the highest rate in a decade, having increase... Continue to article

  • 07:45 Chris Grayling: Labour's economic plans are reckless On air

    On Air | Chris Grayling MP | Justice Secretary and Lord Cha... | Sky News Video Chris Grayling MP

    Chris Grayling called Labour's economic plans "reckless" as he referred to Treasury statistics which he claimed show the party would spend £166bn more than the Conservatives in Government. "We are very much taking the debate to the Labou... Continue to article

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Sex offender programme row

Labour has attacked the Government after the Justice Secretary disclosed that eight prisons in England and Wales now hold only sex offenders, after a rise in number of abusers increased by 652 to more than 11,000 in one year.

With the number of abusers rising by 652 to more than 11,000 in one year, Chris Grayling said the Government planned to cope with the increase by restricting specialist treatment courses to high risk offenders only, with lower risk offenders now set to receive what the Ministry of Justice described as “more appropriate interventions”.

Shadow Justice Secretary Sadiq Khan said: “This a monumental admission of failure by the Government. It's their duty to ensure that offenders are punished and rehabilitated in prison. But because of their failure hundreds of sex offenders are no longer going to get the treatment programmes they need to make sure they don't go on and reoffend once released. David Cameron's policies have caused a prisons crisis and the growing chaos is exposing the public to increased danger.”

Earlier today, a report released by the National Offender Management Service found that the number of treatment programmes on offer to convicted sex offenders decreased by 6.6% in a year.

Mr Grayling said the move was part of plan to get away from a “one size fits all approach” to dealing with sex offenders.

He said: “As a Government we make no apologies for putting sex offenders where they deserve – in jail.

“But when they are there it is important that we deal with their offending behaviour – that means programmes consistent with the best evidence, targeted at those who pose the greatest threat.”


Welfare clash with Europe

The Government is preparing for battle with the European Union over a proposed welfare agreement with Turkey that would allow Turks to claim benefits in the UK.

Employment Minister Chris Grayling has instructed British officials to fight the deal, saying: “Our arrangements are for Britain to decide, not Brussels. I’m not happy with the way that the EU is behaving. Europe should not be negotiating social security agreements on our behalf, that’s why we’re going through the courts to stop them.


Welfare IT system outsourced to India

Computer technicians in India are being hired to help develop an IT system for the Government's universal credit welfare programme. The project is worth potentially hundreds of millions of pounds, and has been outsourced to India despite a promise from Employment Minister Chris Grayling last year that large data projects would remain in the UK. Mark Serwotka, head of the PCS union, said the move raised questions about "the pledge the employment minister made to Parliament".


Grayling 'optimistic' about ending benefit tourism

Employment Minister Chris Grayling has said he is "optimistic" that a meeting of EU members in London yesterday has taken the first steps toward ending benefit tourism.

“We had a very constructive meeting. There is a growing realisation across the EU that this is a genuine issue that has to be addressed. There are many states who feel very strongly about it and I am optimistic that the meeting has started a process to a discussion which gives us a good chance of making progress.”


Grayling: Cut red tape in half

Work and Pensions Minister Chris Grayling will say more needs to be done on cutting red tape. In a meeting with business leaders today, Mr Grayling will outline that the Government has made “good progress” and that he is “determined to cut the number of health and safety regulations in half".


Charities criticise Work Programme

Charities involved in the Government's Work Programme have warned they may pull out over concerns about "profiteering" by private firms. In a meeting with employment minister Chris Grayling on Tuesday, charity representatives said private firms were merely using charities as "bid-candy", and accused them of starving the sector of funds by "cherry-picking" the unemployed most likely to find work and leaving only the least employable.