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Howard League In Conversation with Sir Bob Neill MP

  • Date: 13 Oct 2020

  • Location: Online

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    Tuesday 13 October 2020
     5.30pm – 6.15pm

    The Howard League for Penal Reform is holding two In Conversation events during the month of October.

    The criminal justice system faces huge challenges as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Prisons imposed unprecedented restrictions to regimes in order to prevent the spread of the virus. Courts face a mounting backlog of cases and the government has introduced controversial extensions to custody time limits so that individuals not yet convicted of crimes will spend longer in prison on remand. A reunified probation service will seek to make an impact as the government’s reform proposals are taken forward.

    The Howard League’s Chief Executive, Frances Crook, will discuss these and other issues over two evenings with Lyn Brown MP, the Labour Party’s Shadow Minister for Prisons and Probation, and with Sir Bob Neill MP, Conservative MP and chair of the Justice Select Committee.

    Get involved by registering for these events and downloading the Howard League’s new events app, which will allow you to submit questions to our speakers in advance. Attendees will be able to network with each other via the app, which shall also provide access to information on future Howard League events, both for this In Conversation series and for our forthcoming conferences and lectures.

    In Conversation with Sir Bob Neill MP will take place on Tuesday 13 October between 5.30pm and 6.15pm.

    Sir Bob Neill MP, Chair, Justice Select Committee

    Bob Neill was educated at Abbs Cross Grammar School, Hornchurch. He went on to study Law at the London School of Economics, which led to a successful career as a barrister specialising in criminal law.

    Bob was elected as the Member of Parliament for Bromley & Chislehurst in June 2006, following the sudden death of The Rt. Hon. Eric Forth. Shortly after entering Parliament, Bob served on the Justice Select Committee and was appointed as the Shadow London Minister, joining the Shadow Communities & Local Government team. In 2008 he was made Shadow Local Government Minister and Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party. In January 2009, Bob also took over the shadow planning brief.

    In May 2010, Bob was elected for a second term as MP for Bromley & Chislehurst.  He served as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Communities and Local Government until September 2012, with responsibilities for the Fire Service, Thames Gateway, the Olympics, local government and planning. In September 2012, he was made Vice Chairman of the Conservative party for Local Government.

    Bob was re-elected for a third term in May 2015, shortly afterwards being elected on a cross-party basis as Chairman of the Justice Select Committee. Following the General Election on 8 June 2017, he was returned unopposed to this role.

    Bob was re-elected as the MP for Bromley and Chislehurst with an increased majority in the December 2019 General Election, and in the New Year Honours list published shortly afterwards, was knighted for political service.

    Bob is a Master of the Bench at the Middle Temple Inn, and chairs and co-chairs a number of All-Party Parliamentary Groups in Westminster, including the APPG for London.

    As a resident of Chislehurst, Bob is closely involved with a raft of local organisations and meets regularly with residents and community groups, voluntary organisations and local businesses to hear their views, campaign on their behalf and represent their concerns.

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