Tuesday 6 March 2018 / 11:02 AM Justice / Richard Burgon

Richard Burgon responds to David Gauke speech

Richard Burgon MP, Labour’s Shadow Justice Secretary, responding to the keynote speech by David Gauke, Secretary of State for Justice on prisons, said:

“This speech shows the Conservatives have nothing to offer to address the scale of the crisis in our prisons.

“Tory cuts to staff and budgets have created the dire situation in our prisons. Since the so-called Government recruitment drive began, one in five prisons has seen a further fall in prison officer numbers. It is even worse at high security prisons, where a third have fewer prisons officers than one year ago.

“With even greater budget cuts planned over the coming years, there is a real danger that our prisons will move beyond crisis to a full-blown emergency.”