Justice chief Chris Grayling comes to Boston

Chris Grayling and Conservative candidate Matt Warman
Chris Grayling and Conservative candidate Matt Warman

The Justice Secretary Chris Grayling came to Boston today (Tuesday) in support of the Conservative Party’s local General Election candidate.

The Lord Chancellor says he is ‘very confident’ of a Tory win with ‘a good majority’ for Matt Warman in the Boston and Skegness constituency on May 7 , but wanted to show the party was ‘aware of the challenges’ the area was facing.

These he gave as immigration, but also infrastructure.

A former Shadow Secretary of State for Transport, he said: “The bypass issue has been around for a long time.”

He said: “I’m here because this is one of the places, one of the towns which is at the heart of our election campaign.

“We have got a great new candidate. We are determined to maintain a strong Conservative presence in this constituency, but I also want to be very clear to the people of Boston that we understand the challenges the town faces, we understand that there are pressures and the Conservative Party is very clear that we need to listen to the town and understand to meet those pressures and help them to be eased.”

Mr Grayling also responded to concerns about the types of offenders at HMP North Sea Camp, at Freiston, with murderers and rapists being among their number, as well as the risk of them absconding from the open prison.

He described open prisons as a ‘necessary part of preparing long-term prisoners for reintegration into the community to help reduce the likelihood of them re-offending’.

He said the number of people causing such problems in open prisons was ‘tiny’ in proportion of the total, though admitted there had been ‘some nasty incidents’ and in light of these, steps had been taken to make them more secure.

This included banning offenders with a history of absconding from being at an open prison.

He said: “This is all part of making sure that we have proper risk assessment in place that we are really very, very careful about who is in an open prison, but there is no doubt that they have a positive impact and they do help prevent re-offending.”