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Part of Debate on the Address – in the House of Commons at 11:38 am on 16th October 2019.

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Photo of Anna Soubry Anna Soubry Leader of the Independent Group for Change 11:38 am, 16th October 2019

Can the Home Secretary help me? In the nine years that I sat with her on those Benches, the Conservative party’s determined policy was to reduce the prison population by the careful introduction of all manner of sentences and by the support of suspended sentences, which have great power. Is not the real way to help our police to ensure that our criminal justice service is fit for purpose? It needs huge investment and for our courts to be able to hear trials quickly. At the moment, there is two years’ of delay in most cases.