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Sadiq Khan MP

Shadow justice secretary

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  • 16:48 In Brief Events

    16:48 | Events | PoliticsHome Events

    Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith and Mark Hoban MP speak at Reform’s policy conference in London on the welfare state Universities Minister Greg Clark speaks at the Higher Education Funding Council for England conference in ... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Monday 26th January
  • 07:00 Labour: Zero-based review Press Release

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    A press release from Labour: Labour’s Zero-Based Review: Labour identifies £70m of annual savings in courts budget Labour today sets out how it will make over £70m of annual savings in the courts budget as part of its plan to cut the de... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Friday 23rd January
  • 11:47 Khan seizes on ex-Tory MP attack on Grayling PoliticsHome News

    Khan seizes on ex-Tory MP attack on Grayling PoliticsHome News

    Sadiq Khan has described another attack on Chris Grayling from a barrister as the “latest humiliation” for the Justice Secretary. Mr Grayling has come in for criticism from several leading legal experts over his moves to introduce addit... Continue to article

  • 10:50 Dot Commons: Grayling 'puts the d*** into tat' Dot Commons

    PoliticsHome Grayling 'puts the d*** into tat'

    To finish off what has been a bruising few days for Chris Grayling, former Tory MP Jerry Hayes has decided to stick the boot in. Writing on his blog, the qualified barrister says: “Grayling's attempt to curtail judicial review shows he p...

  • = Key Development Wednesday 21st January
  • 11:51 Sadiq Khan: Chilcot delays boost conspiracy theories On air

    On Air | Sadiq Khan MP | Shadow justice secretary | Daily Politics, BBC Two Video Sadiq Khan MP

    Sadiq Khan said delays to the Chilcot inquiry into the Iraq war could lead voters to believe in "conspiracy theories". "I'm unclear why it takes four years to write a report. I used to be a lawyer. Sometimes judgments are reserved for a ... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Wednesday 14th January
  • 08:16 Sadiq Khan: Muslims must speak out against charismatic preachers of hate On air

    On Air | Sadiq Khan MP | Shadow justice secretary | Today, BBC Radio 4 Video Sadiq Khan MP

    Sadiq Khan said that Muslims must speak out against the actions of the gunmen who shot multiple people dead in Paris, as otherwise the 'vacuum' would be filled with "charismatic preachers of hate". “I think, for the avoidance of doubt, I... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Tuesday 6th January
  • 12:51 Clegg defends claim to provide 'heart' to the Government House of Commons

    Clegg defends claim to provide 'heart' to the Government House of Commons

    Nick Clegg has defended the Liberal Democrats’ record in Government despite attacks from the Labour and Conservative benches. MPs ridiculed comments made by the Deputy Prime Minister yesterday that his party would "provide heart to the C... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Sunday 21st December
  • 11:29 Sadiq Khan: Limited resources should be micro-targeted to veterans On air

    On Air | Sadiq Khan MP | Shadow justice secretary | Murnaghan, Sky News Video Sadiq Khan MP

    Sadiq Khan said limited rehabilitation resources should be targeted towards people who had previously worked as soldiers. "I welcome the announcement today made by the Government. I’m very sorry it’s taken so long. In 2009 experts though... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Tuesday 16th December
  • 13:23 English votes for English laws cannot be 'put aside', says Hague House of Commons

    English votes for English laws cannot be 'put aside', says Hague House of Commons

    The issue of English votes for English laws “can no longer be put aside”, William Hague has said as he published potential resolutions to the issue. In a statement to the Commons today, the Leader of the House outlined solutions put for... Continue to article

  • 13:09 Grayling accused of being a 'tin-pot dictator' over judicial review reforms House of Commons

    Grayling accused of being a 'tin-pot dictator' over judicial review reforms House of Commons

    The Justice Secretary has today defended the Government's move to reduce the number of judicial review cases, after concerns were raised over abuse of the system. Speaking during Justice Questions, Chris Grayling said the changes were ne... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Friday 5th December
  • 12:59 Labour: Comment on the defeat of the Government's prison book ban in the courts - Sadiq Khan Press Release

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    A press release from Labour: Sadiq Khan MP, Labour's Shadow Justice Secretary, commenting on the defeat of the Government's prison book ban in the courts said: "The ban on sending books to prisoners was always an absurd policy. It had n... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Wednesday 26th November
  • 13:51 Dot Commons: White van SLAM Dot Commons

    PoliticsHome White van SLAM

    Congratulations to Ed Vaizey for – hopefully – giving the question of ‘does any of your family drive a white van?’ a humane ending. Echoing fellow Labour MP Jamie Reed’s performance at PMQs today, Sadiq Khan took the opportunity to infor...

  • 13:30 Sadiq Khan: We should avoid a race to the bottom on immigration On air

    On Air | Sadiq Khan MP | Shadow justice secretary | The World At One, BBC Radio 4 Video Sadiq Khan MP

    Sadiq Khan said talk on immigration should not result in a "race to the bottom". "Immigration has brought huge economic, social and cultural benefits to our country. And the EU has brought huge benefits to our country as well. The proble... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Sunday 16th November
  • 11:19 Labour: Comment on government announcement of tougher measures on prison violence - Sadiq Khan Press Release

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    A press release from Labour: Sadiq Khan MP, Labour's Shadow Justice Secretary, commenting on the government's announcement of tougher measures on prison violence said: "Cracking down on violence in jails is to be welcomed. Crimes are ... Continue to article

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  • 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.”

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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.”


Khan slams PM's new sentences

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."


Khan: Victims are being overlooked

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."


Labour re-thinks stop and search powers

Police stop and search powers need to be "urgently" revisited to address mistrust in the police, Labour has said, as Theresa May reportedly considers reforms to the practice.

Writing for PoliticsHome, Shadow Justice Secretary Sadiq Khan said disproportionate searching of ethnic minorities fed anger around episodes like the Mark Duggan verdict.

The Guardian reports that the Home Secretary is preparing to tell police they should carry out fewer searches, and crack down on officers unlawfully abusing their powers.


Lords win amendment on legal aid

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.

“This Tory-led Government has consistently ignored independent research showing that early stage legal aid intervention is actually an investment against greater costs down the line.

"Opposing these social welfare cuts is clearly the right thing to do if we are to fight the short-sighted and damaging nature of this Government’s attack on the most vulnerable in society."


MPs pass extradition reform motion

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”.