Better Court Services for Users

On Friday, I announced two new Courts and Tribunals Service Centres to be opened in The Midlands, as part of the £1 billion modernisation reforms to our courts and justice system. The centres, based in Birmingham and Stoke-on-Trent, will transform the way we manage court and tribunal cases by transforming from traditional paper-based systems to […]

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The Westminster List

I have been passed a copy of the Westminster List, reportedly compiled by two researchers detailing allegations of sexual harassment and abuse by Conservative MPs. I should make it completely clear, at the outset, that I regard any such behaviour by any MP against staff or colleagues as totally unacceptable. It should be reported and […]

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Using Technology to Drive Court Reform

I have written a column for the Daily Telegraph, explaining the court reform program I am leading on at the Ministry of Justice. Using technology, we are driving change that will make the justice system more sensitive to victims and witnesses and more effective, while delivering better value for taxpayers’ money. It is part of […]

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Strengthening Local Rail Services

On Thursday, I met with Becky Lumlock, Route Managing Director for the Wessex route at Network Rail. We discussed the 3-phase strategy for easing overcrowding and delivering better rail services for passengers. First, improvement works are due to take place at London Waterloo from 5 to 28 August. This will have an impact on the […]

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Extra Investment for St. Peter’s A&E

One of the important Conservative messages in recent years is that we cannot deliver extra resources for our precious public services without a vibrant economy – not just creating jobs, but also generating tax revenue. So, I’m delighted to report that the government is allocating £600,000 of fresh funding to St. Peter’s Hospital in Chertsey […]

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Back to the Ministry of Justice

I was honoured and delighted to be asked to join Theresa May’s new government. I am returning to the Ministry of Justice as a Minister of State under Justice Secretary David Lidington, and with a terrific ministerial and civil service team. I’m looking forward to supporting the department’s reform agenda, from the criminal justice system […]

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