Firms should hire prisoners says Clarke
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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