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One of the many roles of the Justice Select Committee is to cross-examine the UK Government’s preferred candidates for inspectorate roles.

This week we considered their choice for HM Chief Inspector of Probation. The candidate, Justin Russell, previously worked for the Ministry of Justice on the Transforming Rehabilitation programmes – the system used to part-privatise the now failing probation service.

During my questions I asked if someone who formed part of the team that created the failing system could be truly independent inspector.