In Parliament today, Black Country MP John Spellar was unrelenting in his pursuit of Prime Minister Boris Johnson – pressing him for a second week running on his campaign to end the ‘damaging and discriminatory’ practices of the Disclosure and Barring Scheme.

Spellar expressed his frustration at ‘usual Home Office guff’ – that they were “considering the Supreme Court judgement”. He challenged Johnson that ‘That Supreme Court judgement was in January 2019 – 18 months ago. The Lammy Report highlighted this problem in 2017. So, can we have no more dithering Prime Minister? Will you sort out this scandal now?’

After the exchange, Spellar commented: ‘I’m happy the Prime Minister is no longer regurgitating Home Office nonsense and that he has committed to look at this urgently. We need to make sure this isn’t just warm words – too many people have suffered for too long.’

ENDS

Video of the Exchange: https://twitter.com/spellar/status/1278311453129392128

 

John Spellar: Thank you Mr Speaker. The way the Disclosure and Barring Scheme is operating is damaging and discriminatory. When I raised this with you last week Prime Minister, I got the usual Home Office guff that they were “considering the Supreme Court judgement”. That Supreme Court judgement was in January 2019 – 18 months ago. The Lammy Report highlighted this problem in 2017. So, can we have no more dithering Prime Minister? Will you sort out this scandal now?

Boris Johnson: I really do congratulate the Rt. Hon. Gentleman on returning so fast to the fray on this. He’s absolutely right – I think the best thing I can do is write to him immediately setting out what we propose to do. I do think there are issues with the DBS Scheme. Every MP will have had representations from people who feel they’ve been unfairly treated by it. It does need looking at, and we shall look at it urgently.

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