Chris Grayling

Chris Grayling at the Conservative party conference on September 28, 2014 in Birmingham, England.

Chris Grayling: we’ll figure out how to take a measured approach with the Lords ‘in the next few hours’

27 October 2015 9:26

After the government’s humiliating defeats in the House of Lords yesterday over tax credits, how will it seek revenge on…

State Visit Of The President Of The People's Republic Of China - Day 2

Cameron tells Tories they no longer have to follow international law

21 October 2015 17:30

People go on about the awful pressure of 24/7 media on our leaders, and how hard the constant scrutiny must…

Celebrations And Flag Flying On St George's Day

Ministers should not push ahead with English votes for English laws next week

9 July 2015 10:30

The first thing that needs to be said about the near-universally panned proposal for English votes for English laws we…


Michael Gove vs. the ‘creaking’ legal establishment — round one

23 June 2015 9:06

Members of the legal profession who were hoping Michael Gove’s time would be consumed trying to solve the Human Rights Act…

Grayling works on TV licence reform

Why not settle the issue of MPs’ pay on the floor of the House of Commons?

4 June 2015 16:13

Now that the fashionable thing for all MPs to do is to announce that they won’t be ‘taking’ the 10…

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Justice for Michael Gove

9 May 2015 22:05

Michael Gove is the new Justice Secretary and Lord Chancellor, Downing Street has just announced. Chris Grayling will move to…

Chris Grayling and Theresa May are unlikely to row over cats and human rights at this year's Conservative party conference. Picture: Getty.

The last days of the Cameron administration part 2: Failing Grayling

12 December 2014 15:18

Of all the reasons to wish this government gone, Chris Grayling is the largest. He is shutting poor and much…


Commons uproar: European arrest warrant debate in a ‘total mess’

10 November 2014 17:22

The government is in a total mess this afternoon. The whole house of Commons has turned on Theresa May and…

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Grayling unveils Tory plan for human rights reform

3 October 2014 0:31

One of the biggest pledges of the Conservative party conference wasn’t actually made at the Tory conference. It’s being set…

New data suggests that UK prisons are in crisis. (Image: BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)

This government’s disastrous prisons policy is putting the public at risk

1 August 2014 12:03

Data released yesterday lays bare the true scale of the growing crisis in our prisons. Suicides up 69 per cent…

The Conservative Party Annual Conference

Fifty shades of Grayling

31 July 2014 13:29

With the delicacy of an Israeli F-16, the Tories entered the summer campaign today with an achingly dull speech in…

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg And Justice Secretary Chris Grayling Visit Young Offenders Prison

The Coalition letter war steps up a notch

2 May 2014 8:58

Coalition relations are growing more fractious and sour. Even departments where the rapport between the Conservatives and the Lib Dems…

MP Nigel Evans Is Found Not Guilty Of Sex Offence Charges

British justice the envy of the world? Tell that to Nigel Evans

14 April 2014 11:32

I am utterly delighted that Nigel Evans has been acquitted of serious allegations of sexual assault. He is a good,…

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Books and the justice establishment

4 April 2014 8:43

Every politician who engages in major reform ends up with scars on their back. Tony Blair famously complained about those…

Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy. Would prisoners kill for her wry, pungent volumes? Image: Getty

Would prisoners kill for Carol Ann Duffy?

30 March 2014 11:34

It is of course shocking that the Justice Secretary Chris Grayling should ban prisoners from receiving books sent by their…

Grayling works on TV licence reform

Take it from an ex-con — the outrage over prison books is misplaced

25 March 2014 19:02

When I was doing my time in HMP Standford Hill, a strange pair of heavily perfumed Korans and Bibles were…


Viviane Reding’s next trick

15 March 2014 10:29

Viviane Reding is a bit of a favourite among UK ministers. The European Commissioner for Justice has a knack of…


A prenup undermines a marriage before it has even begun

25 February 2014 13:00

A friend of mine, quite a distinguished lawyer, takes the view that marriage ceased to make sense after no-fault divorces…


MPs back smoking ban – but Justice Secretary opposes ‘unenforceable’ law

10 February 2014 21:35

So is the ban on smoking in cars with children, backed by MPs this evening by 376 votes to 107…

A step too far for the nanny state?

Could smoking around children be made illegal in the near future?

10 February 2014 17:21

The most remarkable thing about the ban on smoking in cars when children are present, which will pass the Commons…

Soham Trial Nears Conclusion

The criminal bar is revolting

6 January 2014 10:30

Something peculiar is happening at criminal courts across England and Wales this morning. Barristers from are staging an unprecedented walk…

Chris Grayling plays Scrooge

23 December 2013 11:01

Chris Grayling is a nasty piece of work, isn’t he? To wit: [N]ew rules, which forbid prisoners from receiving any…


Dave spices up the ‘Curry Oscars’

26 November 2013 18:19

You know how it is, you pop out for curry and a pint, and you end up pledging to soften…


Chris Grayling gets a relatively easy ride over reoffending rates

10 November 2013 12:19

Theresa May accepted her Spectator Politician of the Year award with the quip: ‘It used to be a joke that…

Keir Starmer, the outgoing director of Public Prosecutions, informing us which laws he'll enforce.

We need a British Bill of Rights – so we can hear less from the likes of Keir Starmer

13 October 2013 10:32

In his five years as Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer  has shown a striking appetite for (self-) publicity and given…