Justice Secretary

Minister for Incompetence, ‘Failing Grayling’, Born on April Fools Day, Leaves Government

For many, Chris Grayling’s name was a byword for incompetence – and he left Government wedded to the unflattering moniker “Failing Grayling”. His record for mistakes was long and notorious. As transport secretary, his decision to award Seaborne Freight a contract worth £13.8 million to run services between Ramsgate and Ostend in Belgium – despite […]

David Gauke admits he was Tagged

Justice Secretary David Gauke was urged to follow the Scottish model of a presumption against handing out custodial sentences as he discussed scrapping jail terms of less than six months – and admitted he had been ankle-tagged. The SNP’s Joanna Cherry said the move could cut the prison population by several thousand if it was […]

MP Calls For Grayling ‘Spin Machine’ Probe

A Whitehall whistleblower has claimed the Justice Secretary, Chris Grayling, has ordered advisers to vet all answers given by his department to official parliamentary questions to ensure a “favourable reply” is provided. In a letter to shadow justice secretary Sadiq Khan MP, the “concerned official” claims Ministry of Justice (MoJ) staff at all levels are […]