This week there was a debate on government spending on Prison and Probation. I responded to this outlining the huge failures but how none of this is surprising when there has been 13 Ministers for Prison and Probation in 13 years.
They are never in post long enough to get to grips with the issues, to take responsibility for their spending and be held accountable, or to set a long-term strategy and ensure stability.
If we are to fix this, we need continuity at the top. We need stable management that delivers a proper plan for prisons and probation, instead of rehashed announcements and gimmicks, and we need leadership that is laser-focused on reducing waste, driving efficiency and cutting reoffending. The Tories have had 13 years to deliver that, and they have failed.
A Labour government will deliver stability so the complex issues facing these services can be tackled. You can see my speech here.