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  1. January 22, 2014

    Probation outsourcing plan sparks concern among MPs

    The UK justice secretary’s plans to outsource up to 70 per cent of probation services have prompted “major concerns” about...

  2. January 9, 2014

    Labour seizes on New York poll to highlight London inequality

    Boris Johnson’s two election victories as London mayor have been a conspicuous success for a Conservative party facing...

  1. January 9, 2013

    Grayling to outsource probation work

    Companies and voluntary groups will be able to bid for a new tranche of justice contracts worth at least £400m a year, under...

  2. October 3, 2012

    Labour would extend FOI laws

    A Labour government would extend freedom of information laws to cover private companies that deliver public services, Sadiq...

  3. May 22, 2012

    Court rules prisoners have right to vote

    Prisoners in the UK must be given the right to vote but ministers will have some latitude in deciding which inmates this...

  4. April 22, 2012

    Peers will get no pay-off under reforms

    The Tory minister in charge of a bill on reforming the House of Lords has said there will be no pay-offs for departing...

  5. April 17, 2012

    Clarke makes ‘formidable’ concessions on legal aid reform

    Ken Clarke has made what he calls “formidable” concessions on his plans to reform the legal aid system, announcing that he...

  6. March 27, 2012

    Call to open probation service to competition

    Ken Clarke has proposed that the £820m-a-year probation service should be opened to competition from private and third...

  7. March 11, 2012

    Academic accuses Clarke over bill of rights

    A Conservative member of a group set up by the government to decide whether the UK should have a bill of rights has...

  8. October 26, 2011

    Clarke risks new row on knife crime

    Ken Clarke, justice secretary, has risked a new row with cabinet colleague Theresa May by slating her proposal to extend...

  9. September 12, 2011

    MPs count cost of boundary changes

    English MPs have reacted with a mixture of anger, frustration and relief after seeing the results of a wide-ranging review...

  10. September 8, 2011

    May to hold summit on gang culture

    Theresa May, home secretary, is to host an international summit on how the country should deal with gangs, as part of the...

  11. July 13, 2011

    Prisons to shut in efficiency drive

    Nine prisons will be put up for tender this autumn and two more closed as part of a Ministry of Justice efficiency drive,...

  12. June 29, 2011

    Tories attack Clarke’s justice reform plans

    Conservative backbenchers have rounded on Ken Clarke’s plans to reform the criminal justice system, accusing him of breaking...

  13. June 29, 2011

    Clarke defends sentencing reforms

    Kenneth Clarke, justice secretary, on Wednesday defended proposed cuts to the legal aid system in England and Wales, saying...

  14. Westminster Blog

    June 21, 2011

    Questions on the government's justice bill

    Headlines about the government performing a U-turn on reduced sentences for offenders who plead guilty early risk...

  15. June 21, 2011

    Labour attacks justice ‘shambles’

    UK prime minister David Cameron speaks to reporters at 10 Downing Street The coalition’s strategy on criminal justice was...

  16. June 8, 2011

    Clarke fighting to save sentence reform

    Ken Clarke is fighting to salvage his controversial sentencing proposals after the prime minister asked him to look again at...

  17. May 17, 2011

    Tories speak up for Lords elections

    Three Tory cabinet ministers extolled the virtues of an elected upper chamber during a cabinet meeting on Tuesday, in...

  18. December 7, 2010

    Plan to ‘revolutionise’ probation service

    Ken Clarke has thrown open the £1.6bn probation market to private sector companies such as Serco and G4S for the first time...

  19. October 8, 2010

    Johnson named shadow chancellor

    Labour leader Ed Miliband has defied Ed Balls by denying him the coveted post of shadow chancellor and instead appointing...

  20. Westminster Blog

    October 7, 2010

    The shadow cabinet in order of votes

    When I tipped John Healey as a possible shadow chancellor this morning it might have seemed outlandish to some, given his...

  21. Westminster Blog

    September 29, 2010

    The list of 49 candidates for the shadow cabinet

    As I revealed earlier Rosie Winterton is set to be the new chief whip; she is the only person standing for the job....

  22. September 28, 2010

    Of party, parties and Milibands

    When Ed Miliband’s coronation was announced on Saturday to the Manchester conference hall it was a laborious process. It...

  23. August 30, 2010

    Miliband shrugs off Mandelson support

    Potent challenger: but Ed Balls’ endorsement of either Miliband brother could swing momentum their way David Miliband,...

  24. May 7, 2010

    Brown hopes to ‘play part’ in government

    Gordon Brown did not appear to be a man expecting to linger for long in 10 Downing Street as he made his election night...

  25. May 7, 2010

    Brown hopes to 'play part' in government

    Gordon Brown did not appear a man expecting to linger for long in 10 Downing Street as he made his election night speech in...

  26. May 7, 2010

    Brown hopes to 'play part' in government

    Gordon Brown did not appear to be a man expecting to linger for long in 10 Downing Street as he made his election night...

  27. April 14, 2010

    Brown suffers loss of face in Labour candidate leaflets

    Candidates for the UK's ruling Labour party are largely ignoring Gordon Brown, their party leader and the prime minister, in...

  28. April 13, 2010

    Brown a poster boy for Tories but not Labour

    The Conservatives appear to consider Gordon Brown a greater boost to their chances of success at the upcoming general...

  29. March 22, 2010

    Trolleybuses get the green light for the UK

    Leeds won government support for its plan to reintroduce trolleybuses to the UK today, modelled on systems in Athens, Greece...

  30. February 9, 2010

    New bridge for flooded town

    A new road bridge for Workington, the flood-damaged town in Cumbria , should be open by May, the government said yesterday....

  31. December 22, 2009

    Criticism mounts for snow-hit Eurostar

    Eurostar was facing mounting criticism last night of its handling of severe disruptions to its high-speed rail service...

  32. August 1, 2009

    City to charge for work carparks

    Nottingham is set to introduce the UK's first charge for parking places at work after the Department for Transport approved...

  33. June 8, 2009

    Twitter 'socialises politics' during week of drama

    MPs and political geeks logged on to Twitter in their droves last week for minute-by-minute news and reaction to the local...

  34. June 8, 2009

    Twitter a hit during week of drama

    MPs and political geeks logged on to Twitter in their droves last week for minute-by-minute news and reaction to the local...

  35. February 6, 2008

    Lettre de cachet?

    Puzzlement as to why Jack Straw, the justice minister, and not Jacqui Smith, the home secretary, made the Commons statement...

  36. February 6, 2008

    Call for phone tap evidence in terror cases

    A government-commissioned review of the use of bugging devices in counter-terrorism will today recommend that evidence from...

  37. February 6, 2008

    Former Met officer tipped as anti-terror chief

    A reformist former senior Scotland Yard detective, with a reputation for weeding out internal corruption, is expected to be...

  38. February 5, 2008

    UK policeman ‘pressured’ into bugging

    A former British policeman accused of bugging a Muslim member of parliament and a terror suspect in prison said on Tuesday...

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