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Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Summary of the IPP lobby and March ,MP info,charts ,petition links ,map and mind map


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  IPP lobby and March

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COUNTING DOWN TO THE 25 TH!
  
1.       Call all the MPs who have had letters
2.       Call the local radio stations to tell them and to say if your MP has agreed to meet you.
3.       Call again - to get them to commit to a time
4.       MOST IMPORTANT - REMEMBER TO ASK FOR EXACTLY WHAT YOU WANT. MAKE IT REASONABLE / ACHIEVABLE AND CLEAR.

On the day important!

1.       Call the MPs to say how much you are looking forward to seeing them and remind them where you are
2.       Have a person ready to take photos and tweet all day about who turned up. Find someone good with social media and make it their job to live tweet. You cannot take photos in Central Lobby so have a plan about where you can take people off to (Westminster Hall would be good and you can take photos there)
3.       Have a press release ready for every MP and match it with a picture that you send to the local paper. Send the press coverage with a thank you letter to the MPs HOW: http://www.wikihow.com/Submit-a-Press-Release



Press Release

PROTEST AT WESTMINSTER TO SUPPORT THE RELEASE OF IPP PRISONERS

For Immediate release / release on __________________

Wed. 25th May 2016 11.00 a.m.

I will be lobbying parliament with my MP………………………. The families, friends and supporters of the 4000 to 5000 IPP prisoners still in jail, will be meeting at 11.00 a.m. on Wednesday 25th May 2016 in the Central Lobby of the Palace of Westminster, to lobby MPs to change the law so that IPP prisoners have a definite release date.

The IPP was first used in 2005, designed to protect the public from serious offenders whose crimes did not merit a life sentence. IPP offenders have to serve a minimum term (tariff) which is set by the court, and then they have to appear before a Parole Board to prove that they are no longer dangerous, before they can be released. In theory this should have been a good idea. However, it became clear that there were a number of problems with this sentence (not least the fact that IPP prisoners even when released are on a 99-year licence – a life sentence, in other words), so in December 2012, the government abolished it.

Although no more IPP sentences can be imposed, the government did not make this retrospective, and those lobbying will draw attention to the injustice of those IPP prisoners still in prison. Many are years over their tariff and suffer additional mental health problems because of the stress and uncertainty of their situation. Their families too suffer extra stress, because they can never know exactly when their loved ones will be released, and thus are unable to plan effectively for the future.

Once we have lobbied our MPs, we will march to the Ministry of Justice for 3.00p.m to make similar representations there.

For further information, please contact

Name
Email





PAGE 2)
MOST IMPORTANT! 

      

Give your MP a flyer - page 3, and ask him / her to……
1.     Put pressure on the MoJ / government to change the release test for IPP prisoners, in accordance with section 128 of LASPO 2012*. 

2.     Persuade the MoJ / government to convert IPP sentences into extended sentences (including all IPP prisoners now out on licence)**. 

(it is no good ONLY asking for the release test to be changed, as this might not get rid of the problem of “life-licence.”)
(it is no good ONLY asking for the release test to be changed, as this might not get rid of the problem of “life-licence.”)

*Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012

**Extended sentences:-

The judge decides how long the offender should stay in prison and also fixes the extended licence period up to a maximum of eight years. The offender will either be entitled to automatic release at the two thirds point of the custodial sentence or be entitled to apply for parole at that point.
If parole is refused the offender will be released at the expiry of the prison term. Following release, the offender will be subject to the licence where he will remain under the supervision of the National Offender Management Service until the expiry of the extended period.
KEY DIFFERENCES FROM THE IPP:-
·         Automatic release at expiry of prison term, if not released sooner.
·        
YOU MIGHT NEED THIS TOO
Maximum 8 years licence period


Government counter arguments against releasing IPP prisoners

The MoJ’s 3 main arguments against releasing post-tariff IPP prisoners are always:-

(A)   The sentences were legal at the time they were imposed, so the MoJ “can’t” do anything about them.
(B)   To release IPP prisoners would release dangerous prisoners into the community without any supervision
(C)   “All” that IPP prisoners have to do is to meet the requirements for their release.

(A) is incorrect, because the government does have the power to change the sentences – under section 128 of LASPO 2012.

(B) can be dealt with (as the flyer states) by converting the IPP sentences into the current sentence type for “dangerous” prisoners: the extended sentence, which provides for supervision.

(C) is partially dealt with on the flyer.

·         However, it may also be worth pointing out that the increased stress and high incidence of mental health issues experienced by IPP prisoners mean that they are less likely to be able to stay calm and keep out of trouble. They will then get a bad report, which means that they will be refused parole, and will then be stuck in a vicious circle of “no release = more stress = poor behaviour = no release.”
·         Determinate sentence prisoners can get away with quite a lot of bad behaviour. IPP prisoners cannot afford even one black mark against them. This is unjust.
·         The fact that IPP prisoners can be on licence for life also needs to be raised here, because they have to meet those requirements as well, which means they can never really make a new start.




THE LORD CHIEF JUSTICE ALSO AGREES…
The recent judgement on the appeals against the IPP sentence

On March 18th 2016, the Lord Chief Justice dismissed 13 appeals against the
IPP sentence, which was bad news.
However, he also commented on the problem presented by the IPP, in the paragraph below.



·         Points 2 & 3 are exactly the same as our action points 1 & 2 at the beginning of this document, and point 1 is dealt with in the flyer, so it may be worth pointing out to your MP that the Lord Chief Justice agrees with us!
THE PROBLEM WITH PRISONS
 
Useful reports or articles

“The Government sees no need to reduce the number of prisoners, even though
it is now at record levels and the highest in Western Europe…..
….The prison system consumes vast amounts of taxpayers' money without delivering enough rehabilitation….
It is time we looked more closely at why we have so many more men in custody than any of our European neighbours with similar crime rates. Mandatory sentences, IPPs, sentencing guidelines, recall from licence, political rhetoric and media misreporting have all played a part. We need to develop other ways of asserting that we take crime seriously than simply adding expensive additional years of custody to a sentence.”

Lord Beith (Liberal Democrat peer and former chair of the House of Commons Justice Committee)
24.3.16


Trouble in prisons has reached epidemic levels, with recorded incidents of “concerted indiscipline” rising by more than 200 per cent in the last three years, figures seen by the Howard League for Penal Reform reveal today (24 March).

Ministry of Justice (MoJ) statistics show that prisons in England and Wales recorded 282 incidents during 2015 – more than five a week – as they struggled to cope with growing numbers of prisoners, chronic overcrowding and deep staff cuts.

Frances Crook, Chief Executive of the Howard League for Penal Reform, said:
 “The Prime Minister has recognised that prisons are failing and that wholesale reform is needed. But simply trying to build a way out of the problem will not work and would mean years of disorder, violence and people dying while we wait for new prisons to be built. Evidence shows that building additional prisons only compounds overcrowding and its consequent problems as the courts send more people to prison every day. We cannot go on cramming more people into jails without any thought for the safety of staff, prisoners and the public.”
 Howard League for Penal Reform: media release 24th March 2016


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Page 3:                                                       "The flyer



THE IPP SENTENCE:
WHY PROTEST

What is the IPP?

IPP stands for Imprisonment for Public Protection.
This type of sentence was first used in 2005. They were designed to protect the public from serious offenders whose crimes did not merit a life sentence. IPP offenders have to serve a minimum term (tariff) which is set by the court, and then they have to appear before a Parole Board to prove that they are no longer dangerous, before they can be released.
That’s a good thing, right?

·        WRONG!

Why is that?

·          Firstly, many prisoners on IPPs have not committed the kind of crimes for which IPPs were designed, but less serious ones.
·          Secondly, there was inconsistency in sentencing even for serious crimes – some prisoners who have committed identical crimes are IPP prisoners, some are not. This is clearly unjust.
·          Thirdly, IPP prisoners have “indeterminate” sentences, which means that they never know exactly when they will be released, unlike normal prisoners. The effect of living under this level of stress and uncertainty means that IPP prisoners are significantly more likely to suffer mental health issues than other prisoners. Research indicates that they may be twice as likely to suffer such issues.
·          Fourthly, many of the courses which IPP prisoners are required to complete before they have any chance of being released, are not easily available. Not all prisons provide them, and / or there is a long waiting list for many courses. Through no fault of their own, therefore, many IPP prisoners are unable to “prove” that they are no longer a danger.
·          Fifthly, IPP prisoners, even if released, are on licence for at least 10 years, and can be recalled to prison for something very minor, even not keeping an appointment, for example. They are never allowed to put their crime behind them, because their licence can be extended indefinitely.

So is anything being done about this?

The government abolished the IPP sentence on December 3rd 2012, so no more could be imposed after that. However, it did nothing at all about the 5-6000 prisoners still serving IPP sentences, and has consistently refused to tackle the problem, saying that more and more IPP prisoners are now being released.
Unfortunately, the Parole Board has such a backlog of cases to be heard that according to the MOJ’s own figures, it will take about 9 years at the present rate, for all IPP prisoners to be released (currently around 4,700 in all) – by then all will be over their tariff.
In 2012 the European Court of Human Rights ruled that indeterminate sentences breached prisoners’ human rights, because of the fact that rehabilitative courses were not being made available even after the tariff had been served, yet still the situation has not improved.

What are the alternatives?

Allow those already over their tariff to be released. The law already provides for long licence periods for ordinary prisoners who need close monitoring on release, by “extended” sentences.  These could be applied to IPP prisoners.



GIVE IPP PRISONERS A DEFINITE RELEASE DATE.
END THE INJUSTICE.



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We have public procession BLUE AREA ONLY





 



25th May we are lobbying in Parliament 11 -2pm.If you find yourself finished earlier than other families and you are waiting around for the 2pm march to the Ministry of Justice, we have permission to demonstrate outside Parliament Square, in the blue area shown on the map. From 2pm we march to the MOJ of justice, Email from: Westminster police.
The blue area is the location where you can stand.





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We have public procession 


 








Page 6

MODEL LETTER TO YOUR MP

Don’t forget to include your full address as MPs need to know you are one of theirconstituents. It may have more impact if you write it by hand

Dear ..........................MP

House of Commons

London SW1A 0AA


NAME

ADDRESS

POSTCODE

PHONE NUMBER & MOBILE

E-MAIL



Dear .........................................MP

As one of your constituents I will be coming to Parliament to Lobby you about the injustice of IPP Sentences. When I hope to talk to you in person and I would be happy to talk to you further about my concerns I wanted to give you some notice and ask that you arrange a time to meet me.

I will be in central lobby between 11.15 and 2pm on the 25 May 2016 and would be pleased to meet you at any time whilst I am there.

I really care about this issue because ADD PERSONAL STORY HERE or add the line this issue has deeply affected my family.

I am looking forward to meeting I await your confirmation.


Yours sincerely,


IPP Protest and Lobby - in Central Lobby-Parliament 11am to 2pm then We march a short distance to the Ministry of Justice ending at 3pm.http://www.parliament.uk/visiting/online-tours/virtualtours/central-lobby-tour/

Are children allowed?
Children are allowed. If you get there for the beginning the Speaker always says hello to the children.
https://www.writetothem.com/

It is your right to ask your MP to lobby for your son / daughter / other ...in Parliament! Invite your MP to meet with you on the day of the demonstration /march because of the difficulties faced with this IPP sentence. If your MP cannot come this day, you can still ask him / her to lobby for you.


Coverage and Attendees at this stage:
*There is usually a TV crew there every day so could help get coverage of your fight
* Inside Times Newspaper will be attending covering the IPP Lobby.
* BBC 1 will be there reason for a documentary
* BBC 4

--MPs, Not all have been highlighted:
* Gavin Shuker Labour and Cooperative MP for Luton South.
* David Evennett Conservative MP, Bexleyheath and Crayford .
* David Ramsbotham
* MP Richard Fuller
* Oliver Letwin Conservative MP for Dorchester
*Daniel Zeichner Mp for Cambridge
* Stephen MC Partland
* Chief Executive of the Howard League for Penal Reform,
Frances Crook.


25th MAY MPs have go into the chamber to vote on urgent matters 650 (all of them) as Prime Ministers Ques. The house sits at 11.30 and Parliament question time is at 12.30 .

We lobby from
1) 11.30 to 1pm
2) Toilet & coffee break

l3) Leaving AT 2PM from Parliament to march to the Ministry of Justice ending at 3pm onward ......at the Ministry of Justice.........

Be visible wear LORDS costume, T shirts, print on them bring banners, flyers add IPP links that the public can read about the IPP in their own time. http://www.ebay.co.uk/bhp/mens-tudor-costume.

The IPP has been one of the biggest messes in British
"you must fight back""






Lobby to change the law: fight to get them home!

E.

Coverage and Attendees:

*There is usually a TV crew there everyday so could help get coverage of your fight
* Inside Times News paper will be attending covering the IPP Lobby.
* BBC will be there reason for a documentry

--Mp,s, Not all have bee highlited :
* Gavin Shuker Labour and Cooperative MP for Luton South.
* David Evennett Conservative MP, Bexleyheath and Crayford . * David Ramsbotham
* MP Richard Fuller
* Oliver letwin Conservite Mp for Dorchester

table topical question for that date, and hope,s that it is the one selected.


25th MAY MPs have go into the chamber to vote on urgent matters 650 (all of them) as Prime Ministers Ques. The house sits at 11.30 and parliament question time is at 12.30 .

We Lobby from
1) 11.30 to 1pm
2) Toilet & coffee break
l3) Leaving AT 2PM from parliment to March to the Ministery of justice ending at 3pm onward ......at the Ministery of justice.........

Be visable wear LORDS costume ,T shirts, print on them bring Banners. Flyers add IPP links that the public can read about the IPP in there own time.
http://www.ebay.co.uk/bhp/mens-tudor-costume.


WHAT ARE WE REQUESTING ?

We are asking for both
1) IPP sentences to be converted into extended sentences, as I don't think that changing the release test will necessarily get rid of the "99-year-licence" problem. The Lord Chief Justice agrees!!

2) We are hereby requesting the Secretary of State for Justice to exercise their power to change the release test for the ipp prisoners .

The Criminal Justice Act (CJA) 2003 introduced the sentence of Imprisonment for Public Protection (IPP). Under the Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders (LASPO) Act 2012 the IPP was abolished. The government confirmed the situation as unsatisfactory and more recently Mr.

David Blunkett stated that the Labour Government “got the implementation wrong”. However, to date nothing has been implemented for those prisoners who are already serving this sentence.

If changes are not made it will take 8 years to clear the backlog of those already beyond their minimum term.


WE ARE DEMANDING A REVIEW OFTHE IPP

An effective system in place that works.
We are hereby requesting that the Secretary of State for Justice to exercise their power to change the release test under Section 128 of the LASPO Act.

WHY? YOU TELLL THEM!

Mismanagement of the IPP sentence, prisoners recall, release complications, health and wellbeing ……

A SNAP SHOT BEING

99 year sentence as being excessive and unfair, prospects. Recall will come to all if you live with a 99 sentence. Recall is very high .One death is to many but 16 IPPdeaths and numbers of hidden suicide attempts and life with depression one should not live with such an unjust sentence.

Be there this day and defend your love one they need you to make this change, speak up tell your MP why you want him to lobby for your Son daughter other, in parliament.
.
If you have a difference such as dyspraxia Dyslexia ADHD Asperger's other this sentence will have a huge effect on health . If your an IPP on the outside you can help make change and ask your MP to lobby for change. you may have been moved to another town this may have effected family life ? Do you or the rest of your family have a hidden disability this makes communicating just on the phone differcult and has torn the family apart . Maybe Your parents other cant afford to travel. Have you felt left and trapped without your family . You may have a hidden diffrence and be of race, gender with an IPP therefore collectively feel this sentence gives you know hope. You may feel aggrieved given a 99 sentence and this makes you feel how? effected mentaly over with a over tariff Son daughter other . Do you feel he or she is being held not because of the IPP but because of a disability or mental health and that they cant help or change, so you ask yourself how can one go forward. Do you feel discriminated against and feel iyour human right have been taken away.These above are just a snap shot.

Life sentence for minor crimes

The IPP was formed in 2003 though not applied until 2005. The early generation' IPPs had a minimum tariff of months, rather than years. Judges did not fully realize the nature of the sentence. Some prisoners received very short tariffs of months whom years later are still struggling with the unjust nature of the IPP sentence. Numbers have finished there sentence and are trapped in the system and others face a further dilemma maintaining their innocence both effectively blocked from progressing towards release by the Parole Board. None of these prisoners serving an IPP sentence has committed murder; these offences today would not attract sentences longer than a few years or less. Prisoners serving time for the same crimes today might serve two years. IPP prisoners are rarely achieve release as it is effectively impossible to 'prove' reduced risk.
The IPP has been one of the biggest messes in British
"you must fight back""


CENTRAL LOBBY ?
You are there to lobby Mps

WHAT CAN YOU DO AND NOT DO IN CENTRAL LOBBY ?
Not allowed : large bags, Load speakers, Shouting.

YOU CAN LEAVE BELONINGS?
in the cloakroom facilities at Methodist Central Hall - which is in Storey's Gate SW1, a short walk from Parliament.

*""""""Wear Noticeable printed Costume,s bright T-shirts with messages, flyers etc

At Central Lobby, you will Enter Through

what is known as the St Stephens entrance to the Commons. Stewards will be available to help you. Before you queue for the security check, inform a police officer that you have a meeting arranged with your MP and show them any correspondence to this effect if your MP has sent it to you. This should allow you to go straight into the security checking area without queuing with the general public for tours of Parliament. Your MP or their staff will usually come to meet you in Central Lobby. You need to go to the desk in Central Lobby and ask the attendants to telephone your MP\'s office. Remember you will have to go through \'airport type\' security to gain access to Parliament –

on a busy day this can take at least 15 minutes - and you may need to queue until there is space. NB you cannot take large bags into the Palace, and ideally you should take as little as possible in with you as this will speed up the process. We will arrange cloakroom facilities at Methodist Central Hall - which is in Storey\'s Gate SW1, a short walk from Parliament.

What if you don't have an arranged meeting with your MP?

If your MP has agreed to meet you, but not given you any details of where and when, or if you have not already arranged a meeting with your MP, you will need to queue outside St Stephen's entrance. The police will only allow 100 people, including lobbyists and other visitors, into Central Lobby at any one time. Pass through the security check and proceed to Central Lobby in due course.

Once in Central Lobby?

Once in Central Lobby go to the desk and ask for a green card which is a request for your MP to come and meet you. This should be filled in and returned as directed. It is important that on the card you make a clear statement as to your reason for visiting such as 'to discuss THE IPP PARTICULAR ITS IMPACT ON …………………………..

This is very important because, if you do not manage to meet with your MP, the card will then be sent on to him or her. The MP should then respond directly to you in due course - clearly the more he or she knows about why you were at Westminster the better. The desk staff will take the card and officials will be asked to look for your MP and let him or her know that you are asking to meet with them. While you should wait around for a while, do not forget that lobbyists with firm commitments to meet their MP will be waiting to get in

so you should be prepared to give up waiting after 20 minutes or so. Disabled access If you are disabled, telephone the Serjeant-at-Arms\' office at the House of Commons, who will advise you procedures for entering the building (phone 0207 219 1000 and ask the switchboard officer to put you through to the Serjeant\'s office), The Serjeant\'s office do allow some parking where it is required by disabled people, but individuals will need to verify this with the office. It is usual for one of your MPs\' staff to accompany you once you enter the building. You will need to arrange this with your MP in advance. Please notify your union if you have any special ambulatory needs or require any assistance.

Meeting with your MP It is best to be as brief, clear. In particular have in mind what you actually wish your MP to do. If they send their researcher instead, treat them in the same way. There is a model letter you can use to tell your MP that you will be coming to London and ask to meet you. It is also worth giving your MP your mobile number, if you have one. This may help them track you down on the day.

You should thank him or her for taking the time to see you, establish how much time they have, have ready two or three points to make (give them a local dimension where possible) and most importantly ask them to follow up the meeting: * by raising your points with relevant ministers in writing and conversation * signing Early Day Motion MPs can sign to express support for the lobby it reads:

Will you join us?

If you’d like to join us and meet your MP in Westminster, or if you’re interested to hear more, sign up below and we'll keep you in the loop with the latest information.

MODEL LETTER TO YOUR MP

Don’t forget to include your full address as MPs need to know you are one of theirconstituents. It may have more impact if you write it by hand

Dear ..........................MP

House of Commons

London SW1A 0AA


NAME

ADDRESS

POSTCODE

PHONE NUMBER & MOBILE

E-MAIL



Dear .........................................MP

As one of your constituents I will be coming to Parliament to Lobby you about the injustice of IPP Sentences. When I hope to talk to you in person and I would be happy to talk to you further about my concerns I wanted to give you some notice and ask that you arrange a time to meet me.

I will be in central lobby between 11.15 and 2pm on the 25 May 2016 and would be pleased to meet you at any time whilst I am there.

I really care about this issue because ADD PERSONAL STORY HERE or add the line this issue has deeply affected my family.

I am looking forward to meeting I await your confirmation.


Yours sincerely,






Then do the following:Before hand to get the most MPS

1. send out all MP letters

2. call all the MPs who have had letter

3. call the local radio stations to tell them and to say if your MP has agreed to meet you.

4. call again - to get them to commit to a time

5. MOST IMPORTANT - REMEMBER TO ASK FOR EXACTLY WHAT YOU WANT. MAKE IT REASONABLE / ACHIEVABLE AND CLEAR.

On the day inportant!
1. Call the MPs to say how much you are looking forward to seeing them and remind them where you are

2. Have a person ready to take photos and tweet all day about who turned up. Find someone good with social media and make it there job to live tweet. you cannot take phots in central lobby so have a plan about where you can take people off to (Westminster Hall would be good and you can take photos there)

3. Have a press release ready for every MP and match it with a picture that you send to the local paper

4. Send the press coverage with a thank you letter to the MPs

HOW:
http://www.wikihow.com/Submit-a-Press-Release
http://www.wikihow.com/Submit-a-Press-Release
""Were did it go wrong: Video
https://youtu.be/9veOsoOo6do





Insperation
Everyday that passes brings us closer to victory & justice, everyday that passes would be one day less of his sentence, and one day closer to FREEDOM, Prisoners release is unknown, today is closer than yesterday, and tomorrow will be closer still, Our day will come, Release all serving IPP, post tariff never give up hope when hope is all you have never give up giving up when love keeps you going Never give up that one day soon ALL serving IPP prisoners will one day be FREE keep up the fight you are the Voice for every serving IPP prisoner they are counting on you to fight there fight they can take away are Freedom but will never ever silence IPP family's I will endeavour to attend Lords IPP freedom awareness march to justice FREEDOM,Conrad Asquit




* WEB SITE IPP Prisoners Familys Campaign
http://ippfanilycampaign.blogspot.co.uk/




*FACEBOOK "IPP "Petition.Thank you for your support.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/katherinegleeson17







IF YOUR ENCLUDING FLYERS OR LEAFLETS ADD A LINK. MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC CAN CAN READ ABOUT THE IPP FURTHER . iVE ENCLUDED OUR LINKS ABOVE THAT HAS ALOT OF FILES AND POST INFO .
We would like to see all the family friends and supporters there on the day. However if for any reason (it would have to be a good reason) you cannot to be there to support your own, you can still ask your MP to lobby on your behalf for the 25th as can inmates. Just tweak the template. It’s your right as your MP’s constituent to lobby for you regardless of the crime; it is the sentence we are fighting. You don’t even have to mention the offence. Keep your MP informed: send him the notes

CENTRAL LOBBY?

You are there to lobby MPs

WHAT CAN YOU DO AND NOT DO IN CENTRAL LOBBY?
Not allowed: large bags, Load speakers, shouting.

YOU CAN LEAVE BELONGINGS?
in the cloakroom facilities at Methodist Central Hall - which is in Storey's Gate SW1, a short walk from Parliament.

*""""""Wear noticeable Costumes bright T-shirts with printed messages, flyers etc
At Central Lobby, you will enter through what is known as the St Stephens entrance to the Commons. Stewards will be available to help you. Before you queue for the security check, inform a police officer that you have a meeting arranged with your MP and show them any correspondence to this effect if your MP has sent it to you.

This should allow you to go straight into the security checking area without queuing with the general public for tours of Parliament. Your MP or their staff will usually come to meet you in Central Lobby.

 You need to go to the desk in Central Lobby and ask the attendants to telephone your MP\'s office. Remember you will have to go through 'airport type' security to gain access to Parliament – on a busy day this can take at least 15 minutes - and you may need to queue until there is space. NB you cannot take large bags into the Palace, and ideally you should take as little as possible in with you as this will speed up the process.

We will arrange cloakroom facilities at Methodist Central Hall - which is in Storey's Gate SW1, a short walk from Parliament.

What if you don't have an arranged meeting with your MP?
If your MP has agreed to meet you, but not given you any details of where and when, or if you have not already arranged a meeting with your MP, you will need to queue outside St Stephen's entrance.

The police will only allow 100 people, including lobbyists and other visitors, into Central Lobby at any one time. Pass through the security check and proceed to Central Lobby in due course.

Once in Central Lobby?

Once in Central Lobby go to the desk and ask for a green card which is a request for your MP to come and meet you. This should be filled in and returned as directed. It is important that on the card you make a clear statement as to your reason for visiting such as 'to discuss THE IPP: IN PARTICULAR ITS IMPACT ON …………………………..

This is very important because, if you do not manage to meet with your MP, the card will then be sent on to him or her. The MP should then respond directly to you in due course - clearly the more he or she knows about why you were at Westminster the better. The desk staff will take the card and officials will be asked to look for your MP and let him or her know that you are asking to meet with them. While you should wait around for a while, do not forget that lobbyists with firm commitments to meet their MP will be waiting to get in so you should be prepared to give up waiting after 20 minutes or so.


Disabled access If you are disabled, telephone the Serjeant-at-Arms' office at the House of Commons, who will advise you procedures for entering the building (phone 0207 219 1000 and ask the switchboard officer to put you through to the Serjeant's office), The Serjeant's office do allow some parking where it is required by disabled people, but individuals will need to verify this with the office.

It is usual for one of your MP’s staff to accompany you once you enter the building. You will need to arrange this with your MP in advance. Please notify your union if you have any special ambulatory needs or require any assistance.

Meeting with your MP It is best to be as brief, clear. In particular have in mind what you actually wish your MP to do. If they send their researcher instead, treat them in the same way. There is a model letter you can use to tell your MP that you will be coming to London and ask to meet you. It is also worth giving your MP your mobile number, if you have one. This may help them track you down on the day.

You should thank him or her for taking the time to see you, establish how much time they have, have ready two or three points to make (give them a local dimension where possible) and most importantly ask them to follow up the meeting: * by raising your points with relevant ministers in writing and conversation * signing Early Day Motion MPs can sign to express support for the lobby it reads:

..


Give to your Mp, point out to media /public.


Point out that:-

- Whilst it is true that the number of prisoners released increased by 22% between 2015 and 2014, in the previous year the numbers released fell by 11%.

- As at 31 March 2016, 81% of IPP prisoners are over tariff, compared to 75% the previous year.

- 60% (2498) of IPP prisoners have tariffs of 4 years and under (all except 18 of which are over tariff) and IPP sentenced now would not even attract an Extended Determinate Sentence which was introduced to replace the IPP following LASPO Act 2012.

- The numbers of IPPs in prison on recall is increasing significantly. On 31 March 2016 there were 565 people on recall in addition to the 4133 prisoners not yet released.

- There is currently no data on how long IPP prisoners spend on recall.

- In 2015 whilst 512 IPPs were released from prison a total of 344 were recalled back to prison.

- In 2015, the MoJ has started to include Foreign National releases/deportations in its statistics. These prisoners do not go before a Parole Board and are released automatically at the end of their tariff if they are suitable for immediate deportation.




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From Palace of Westminster, London SW1A 0AA, United Kingdom To Ministry of Justice, 102 Petty France, London SW1H 9AJ, United Kingdom.7 min (0.4 mi) via A302 and Tothill St
Walk north on St Margaret St/A3212, Turn left onto Broad Sanctuary/A302, Turn right onto Storey's Gate Continue to follow A302. Turn left onto Tothill St Continue onto Broadway, At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Petty France,
Ministry of Justice102 Petty France, London SW1H 9AJ, United Kingdom
 




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