“There will not be a prison in Scarisbrick.”
These were the words of Justice Secretary Jack Straw in answer to a Parliamentary Question by West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper yesterday, ending months of scaremongering by Conservative Councillors on the issue.
Despite a number of assurances from Jack Straw and officials from the Ministry of Justice that Scarisbrick was no longer on any list and was not being considered as a site for a prison, local Tory Councillors have continued to suggest that the site was still being considered for a future prison, causing concern amongst local residents
The Justice Secretary’s unequivocal response to Rosie’s latest question, given immediately and without hesitation, gives an absolute commitment that “there will not be a prison in Scarisbrick.”
“I asked a further Parliamentary Question yesterday to get an absolute commitment from Jack Straw that Scarisbrick would not be on any future list and his exact words to me were ‘There will not be a prison in Scarisbrick.’"
“Cllr Fowler’s latest comments are nothing more than political opportunism. I have received assurance after assurance that Scarisbrick is not and will not ever get a prison yet he insisted on political point scoring."
“I am pleased that I can now end the speculation once and for all and reassure residents and local Councillors that Scarisbrick is absolutely not going to be a site for any sort of prison."
“Local residents can rest assured that thanks to my action, there will not be a prison in Scarisbrick.”