Faisal Rashid, MP for Warrington South makes statement on HMP Thorn Cross
“I have this afternoon had a conversation with the Minster of State for Justice, Rory Stewart MP, about HMP Thorn Cross.
The Minister has advised me that he will not be taking forward the proposed population changes which would have given the prison authorisation to accept category D men convicted of sexual offences.
I was deeply concerned by the proposals and on hearing the news about the proposed changes on the first day of parliamentary recess, I immediately wrote to the Minister to express the very real concerns that I and the local community had about the plans.
The Minister has now made it clear to me he has reversed the decision because of the concerns I raised in my letter about the prison’s proximity to local school, Appleton Thorn Primary.
This is absolutely the right decision. I am delighted to hear that the Minister has now listened to the concerns raised by myself, local people and all other authorities, and will not be proceeding with the previously proposed population changes at HMP Thorn Cross.
I would like to thank the whole community, Cheshire Police, Police & Crime Commissioner – David Keane, Warrington Borough Council, Parish Council, local/regional and national media who worked hard over the past week on this issue.
This shows what can be achieved when we all work together”