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Johnson’s hi-vis chain gang plan for offenders ‘will cause long-term harm’, campaigners claim – as it happened

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This is from James Timpson, head of Timpson, the family-run high street shoe repair company which is widely admired for its record employing ex-offenders. His brother Edward is a Conservative MP and a former children’s minister.

Instead of making offenders wear high viz jackets in chain gangs, how about helping them get a real job instead? In my shops we employ lots of ex offenders and they wear a shirt and tie. Same people, different approach, a much better outcome.

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