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Sadiq Khan said that companies that had failed to provide services at the Olympics and for the Government's work programme would now be tasked with supervising offenders in an untested system. “It doesn’t matter at all [that compani... Continue to article
Sadiq Khan said that Labour "must do a lot better" in key voter areas following local election results. “The vote for UKIP wasn’t an anti-European vote. I accept we should and we must do a lot better than we are but the reason why peo... Continue to article
Sadiq Khan said Labour was going to be both "the party of insurgency" and "the credible government-in-waiting". "The problem is, [after] 13 years of a Labour government...the public – rightly or wrongly – saw us as the establishment. The... Continue to article
Sadiq Khan said he welcomed prisoners being stripped of their privileges, but argued that it was something the Government were not prepared to do. "I welcome, I’ve said this, that prisoners should take personal responsibility. I wel... Continue to article
Labour press release Sadiq Khan MP, Labour’s Shadow Justice Secretary, commenting on today’s announcement that the ability to bring judicial reviews is to be made harder, said: “As usual David Cameron tries to blame everyone and every... Continue to article
The threat of defamation must not be used as a tool to undermine free speech, argues Sadiq Khan Continue to article
With Red Nose Day fast approaching, MPs are preparing their half-baked contributions to enter the charity spirit. After David Cameron's One Direction video cameo, here's Sadiq Khan's contribution: Today my office is taking part in @c...
Labour press release Sadiq Khan MP, Labour's Shadow Justice Secretary, commenting on tonight’s defeat for Labour’s amendments to the Government’s Justice and Security Bill, said: “It’s disappointing that Labour’s attempts to re-introd... Continue to article
Labour press release Sadiq Khan MP, Labour's Shadow Justice Secretary, commenting on tonight’s defeat for Labour’s amendments to the Government’s Justice and Security Bill, said: “It’s disappointing that Labour’s attempts to re-introdu... Continue to article
Sadiq Khan said that the Conservative Party was in “sixes and sevens” following its hammering by UKIP in the Eastleigh by-election. “You’ve got a government in sixes and sevens. David Cameron, the Prime Minister has said in today’s newsp... Continue to article
It's not just by-elections that bring MPs' competitive nature to the fore. Along with pancake races and tug of wars, there's another activity that MPs can add: skipping. As revealed by the Evening Standard, in a bid to encourage children...
Sadiq Khan has said the Prime Minister's plans for new 'punitive' community sentences are based on "false targets" and could endanger public safety.
The Shadow Justice Secretary said the plans would need funding that the Government does not appear to have.
He said: "The Government need to answer important questions about how they propose to fund increased use of community sentences given the Ministry of Justice budget faces budget cuts of a quarter.
“False targets for reducing prison numbers, over stretched probation services and budget cuts of a quarter are a potent cocktail risking a gamble with public safety."
David Cameron's plan, to be introduced in the Queen's speech, would make community sentences include unpaid work, fines, electronic tagging, drinking bans and curfews.
Asset seizure will also be extended even to smaller items such as flat-screen TVs and other goods, rather than big ticket items like expensive cars at present.
Mr Cameron said: "For too long, community sentences have been seen as, and indeed have been, a soft option. This Government wants to change this and make them a proper and robust punishment. Criminals given a community punishment should not just be able to enjoy life as it was before, during their sentence. They should pay for their crimes and I'm determined to see this happen."
Sadiq Khan has said the justice system needs to see a "significant shift" in it's attitudes and treatment of victims. In a pamphlet released today with the Fabian Society, the Shadow Justice Secretary writes:
"Victims are too frequently kept in the dark about the details of a trial, access to court papers are often difficult to obtain and complex legal processes difficult to understand, all of which can and should be remedied quickly and at little cost."
Ed Balls, his wife Yvette Cooper and deputy Labour leader Harriet Harman will have a special interest in whether David Miliband will join the shadow cabinet, as all three are being linked to the shadow chancellor role. Ed Miliband's campaign manager Sadiq Khan is being tipped for shadow home secretary.
Peers in the House of Lords have defeated the Government and won a series of key amendments to the Legal Aid Bill, including making the provision of legal aid a 'binding duty'.
The three defeats come after Ken Clarke earlier defended the Government's reforms to Legal Aid, saying they were a matter of "common sense" and will not restrict access to justice.
Speaking to the Today programme this morning, the Justice Secretary said: "It doesn't close anybody's access to justice, at all. For those who don't get Legal Aid, the courts are already too expensive, so they're normally only accessible to the very rich or the very poor, but access to justice will still be there."
The plans were criticised by the Des Hudson, the head of the Law Society, who said "the poorest and weakest" would not be able to seek legal redress.
Writing exclusively for PoliticsHome, Shadow Justice Minister Lord Bach says there is a "strong sentiment" across all three parties in the House of Lords that the bill is "unconstitutional, heartless and economically unsound".
Labour's Shadow Justice Secretary Sadiq Khan MP criticised the "cuts" and said legal aid is an "investment" against "greater costs" down the line.
MPs have this evening passed a motion calling for the reform of the UK's extradition arrangements. The move was unanimous and required no vote.
Earlier today, Former Home Secretary David Blunkett saud that he had suggested alleged computer hacker Gary McKinnon could stand trial via video link.
Mr Blunkett said the suggestion, which he put to the Department of Justice in Washington, would mean it ewas possible "for the trial to take place on US soil, but for Gary to remain here and serve his sentence here".
Mr McKinnon, who suffers from Asperger's syndrome, has spent the last decade in court facing extradition charges.
The need for a renegotiation of the UK-US extradition agreement will be contested in a backbench debate today, in the wake of contentious cases like that of Scottish hacker Gary McKinnon.
The debate was secured by Conservative MP Dominic Raab, but has significant cross-party support. Sadiq Khan has called on the Government to act to secure more prisoner transfer agreements, estimating that the overstretched UK prison system could see a net loss of about 2,500. Writing for PoliticsHome, the Shadow Justice Secretary said increasing the number of deals would result in “a huge saving to British taxpayers”.
The policeman involved in the fatal shooting of Mark Duggan in Tottenham last month will not return to front line duty, Home Secretary Theresa May told MPs this morning.
Ms May was speaking to the Home Affairs Committee about policing and the riots. She added: "I’m absolutely clear that what underlay it was criminality. And I think we see that about three quarters of those who’ve been arrested so far have had some sort of criminal record, be it caution or other disposal."
Magistrates and crown court judges could be asked to remove benefits from convicted rioters under proposals being drawn up by the Government, according to the Guardian. Shadow Justice Secretary Sadiq Khan also said this morning that Ken Clarke's blaming of the riots on a "feral underclass" is lazy, and absolves those involved of responsibility.
The police officer who shot and killed Mark Duggan, the act that sparked the riots, is to return to firearms duties as the investigation moves towards the conclusion that “no officer did anything wrong”, according to The Times.
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