St Helens South and Whiston MP, Marie Rimmer has been appointed to the House of Commons Justice Select Committee.
The committee scrutinises expenditure, administration and policy of the Ministry of Justice and associated public bodies, as well as the administration and expenditure of the Crown Prosecution Service and the Serious Fraud Office. Marie will serve as one of the Labour Party’s four MPs on the 11 member committee.
Prior to becoming an MP, Marie served as Chair of Red Bank Secure Home for Young People, for those convicted of serious crime and also chaired the Police Complaints Committee on Merseyside, overseeing and setting down professional standards of policing.
Speaking following her appointment, Marie said: “It is an honour to have been appointed to the Justice Select Committee and I look forward to playing a key role in scrutinising Government policy in this important area.
“We must ensure the principle of access to and affordability of justice is a right delivered. Legal aid and tribunal costs are having a dramatic negative impact on this and many feel that access to justice has a price tag. The current review of courts across the country, which threatens amongst others the future of St Helens Courthouse, further threatens this right and exemplifies the focus of the cost of justice.”
“The present crisis in our prisons needs to be addressed. Inadequate resourcing and lack of positive purpose is responsible for appalling and rising levels of violence against officers and prisoners. It is essential that we ensure purposeful activity, education and training for employment. Society has much to gain from real reform and rehabilitation of prisoners."