Labor MP David Lamy has claimed that his visit to the local Pentonville prison was canceled “retaliatory” by new Justice Secretary Dominic Raab.
Writing on Twitter, the Shadow Lord Chancellor and Shadow Secretary of State for Justice said the cancellation, which apparently took place “without justification”, was “outrageous”.
Mr Lamy outlined how it is his “constitutional duty to visit prisons” before calling Mr Raab “autocratic”.
He wrote: “Disgraceful that @DominicRaab on his first day as Lord Chancellor has canceled my visit to the local Pentonville prison yesterday without any justification.
“It is my constitutional duty to visit the jails. Only dictators prevent political opponents from scrutinizing public services.”
Mr Raab was on Wednesday appointed as Deputy Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, during a cabinet reshuffle, superseding his position as Foreign Secretary, which he has held since 2019. Was.
In other news, concerns have been raised by both Labor and senior legal figures over Mr Raab’s suitability for the role after David Lamy’s office uncovered footage of Mr Raab saying he did not support the Human Rights Act. . Guardian.
A 2009 clip shows the then backbench MP saying: “I do not support the Human Rights Act and I do not believe in economic and social rights.”
In response, Mr Lamy said: “We will do everything we can to protect the fundamental rights on which the people depend from the attacks of conservatives.”
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