Published by Andrew Haldenby on 17 October 2016
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30 November 2016
Reform‘s programme of policy events is in high gear. The post-referendum pause in politics is long behind us.
Part of that programme is a series of dinners on Brexit. Reform is not going to become a 100 per cent Brexit organisation (and we were neutral in the referendum). We do however want to keep abreast of the referendum debate, for ourselves and our supporters, since it is one of the key issues of the moment.
The first in that series took place last week, under the Chatham House Rule. It was introduced by Crispin Blunt MP, Chair of the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Select Committee, and a “leave” supporter. The key ideas raised were:
On Monday, Sam Gyimah MP, Prisons and Probation Minister, led a seminar on the common themes of reform across prisons, probation and courts, again under the Chatham House Rule. As in other areas of policy, one of the goals is to organise services around the needs of users (in this case prisoners), rather than the other way around. In the longer term, that will likely lead Ministers towards the idea of different commissioning arrangements on which Reform has published on a number of occasions, most recently here.
Andrew Haldenby, Director, Reform