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On Tuesday, I asked the Prisons Minister, Sam Gyimah MP, about what action he is taking to tackle extremism in our prisons.

This issue is of vital importance to our country as there are growing concerns that our prisons are becoming places of ridicalisation and the failure by the Tory Government to tackle this threat is opening us up to potential terrorist attacks.

I quoted to the Prisons Minister that Ian Acheson, who undertook the Government’s own review into the services, told the Justice committee only last year that “I do not have the confidence that the national offender management service or indeed, if I may be frank, has the capability or the will to implement some of the recommendations I have made.”

When statements like this are being made by those reviewing the Conservatives legislation are appearing you know that a problem exists within the prisons system.

I am determined that our prisons must be secure, both for us and for prisoners. Only then will we reduce long-term re-offending and keep our streets safe.

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On Wednesday, Labour held an Opposition Day Debate on prison safety and reform. As many of you will know, I am one of the two rapporteurs for prisons in the Justice Select Committee and a former Prisons Minister in the last Labour Government.

At the end of 2016 there didn’t seem to be a week go by without a prison riot erupting in various parts of the country. There were prison riots in HMP Swaleside, Birmingham, Lewes, Bedford, Hull and Moorlands. This came about due to the inadequacy of support from the Government to our prison officers and the system as a whole. Read more “Opposition Day Debate: Prison Safety and Reform”