Comment on the forced resignation of Nick Hardwick

Date: 
Thursday, 29 March, 2018

Our Director, Richard Garside, spoke on last night's BBC Newsnight on the dismissal of Nick Hardwick as Chair of the Parole Board.

Richard told the programme:

It’s really important as we look forward that the independence of the Parole Board from political interference is absolutely guaranteed.

It’s really striking in his resignation letter that Nick Hardwick raises the question, effectively, of whether parliament itself should intervene to guarantee the independence of Parole Board decision-making.

I take that as suggesting that he is not confident that the Justice Secretary can guarantee its independence.

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