Firms should hire pris­on­ers says Clarke

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk&world Update -

HIGH street firms should hire pris­on­ers and help get more ex-of­fend­ers into work, the Jus­tice Sec­re­tary has said. Ken­neth Clarke said busi­nesses, in­clud­ing house­hold names such as Vir­gin and Marks & Spencer, can hire ex-of­fend­ers with­out dam­ag­ing their rep­u­ta­tion or val­ues. Up to 40 com­pa­nies will at­tend a Down­ing Street re­cep­tion later this month where Mr Clarke will out­line how pris­on­ers can make loyal and com­mit­ted em­ploy­ees. They should be given the chance and sup­port to sort out their lives af­ter leav­ing jail and there is “no rea­son” why prof­its from pris­on­ers’ work should not be used to pay for the pris­ons that house them, he said. “Celebrity chefs are a joke, aren’t they? Why are they celebri­ties? They should shut up and stay in the kitchen. None of them say any­thing in­tel­li­gent” - Film­maker Michael Win­ner. “Hav­ing been a queen for decades, I am at a loss to choose which ex­pe­ri­ences I should try to cram into a day” - Im­pre­sario Cameron Mack­in­tosh when asked what he would do if he

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