Wednesday, 08 June 2011 15:10
For those interested in the facts, here’s my actual quote (on the floor of the House of Commons), about the Ministry of Justice’s mission statement, not sentencing reform, taken completely out of context by David Cameron in Prime Minister’s Questions today.
Sadiq Khan (Tooting) (Lab): I thank the Secretary of State for advance sight of his statement on sentencing policy. The Ministry of Justice's four-year plan on its vision page declares:
"We will provide a clear sentencing framework. It will punish those who break the law, and help reduce re-offending."
I have no quarrel with that. It seems to me a perfectly sensible vision for a sentencing policy, entirely in keeping with the emphasis on punishment and reform that Labour followed in government, and which helped to cut crime by 43% between 1997 and 2010, both in times of growth and recession-the only Administration since the second world war who can boast such an enviable record.
Source: Hansard - 7th December 2010, 3.34pm
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