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Grayling defends smacking

Grayling defends smacking
Chris Grayling has defended parents’ right to smack their children.

The Justice Secretary told the Mail on Sunday he had smacked his own children occasionally because sometimes it “sends a message”.

The comments came in an interview in which he also outlined plans for “spartan” prisons by banning access to Sky TV and introducing more uniforms for inmates.

Separately, Mr Grayling has been accused of political interference after he overturned an anonymity order signed by Ministry of Justice officials.

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