Thursday 16 May 2019 / 7:59 AM Richard Burgon

The Tories have been forced to face reality and accept their probation model is irredeemably broken

Richard Burgon MP, Labour’s Shadow Justice Secretary, responding to the government’s announcement on probation, said:

“After putting public safety at risk and squandering hundreds of millions of pounds on trying to shore up failing private probation companies, the Tories have been forced to face reality and accept their probation model is irredeemably broken.

“The Tories didn’t want to make this U-turn and had been desperately trying to re-tender probation contracts to the private sector. It is right those plans have been dropped and that offender management is to be brought back in-house.

“Labour opposed this privatisation from the start and has led the way in calling for probation to brought fully back in house. We will press the government to ensure that probation is fully returned to being the award winning public service it was before this disastrous Tory privatisation.”