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Ex-justice minister Phillip Lee hits out at ‘culture of cowardice’ after report he commissioned is shelved

A former justice minister has accused the government of “cowardice” and “policymaking through dogma” after a member of the cabinet told colleagues to dismiss the findings of an unpublished independent report that calls for prisoners to be taught boxing and other martial arts as part of their rehabilitation.

The ex-justice minister, Phillip Lee – the Tory member for Bracknell, who resigned last month over Brexit – says the government’s attitude to the report, which he commissioned, shows how politics is failing the people.

In his view, the government is more interested in getting quick headlines than in developing policies based on hard evidence.

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The Guardian

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