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MP's burkha ban is part of 'alternative Queen's speech'

Philip Hollobone Credit: ITV News Anglia

A Northamptonsire MP is putting forward three parliamentary bills of his own today as part of what he calls an " alternative Queens Speech'.

The measures which Kettering MP Philip Hollobone is introducing include proposals to ban people from wearing face coverings in public places.

He said:

"If we have a society where more and more people go around covering their faces, whether it be with a balaclava or a burkha, we're never going to have a place where everybody can smile, wave and say hello to each other and recognise each other in the street.

"I don't want to live in a country like that."

MP urges Minister of Justice to rethink prison closure

Philip Hollobone

MPs have hit out at the Ministry of Justice's decision to close down Wellingborough Prison.

Kettering MP Philip Hollobone backed his fellow Tory saying:

"Can I gently suggest to you that I think the governmental papers must have got muddled on this particular prison, because it's extremely cost-effective, one of the lowest costs per prisoner across the whole of the prison estate.

"And you say there's lots of money needed to improve the site, but having gone around it myself, I simply don't think that that is the case.

"Can I just urge you to take Mr Bone's advice and look again at this wrong decision?"

Mr Wright said the costs of bringing the prison up to standard were prohibitive, saying it would cost around £50m.

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MP: Avoid making a disastrous mistake

Peter Bone

Wellingorough MP Peter Bone has hit out at the decision to close Wellingborough Prison.

He said: "Wellingborough Prison is on a brownfield site, has massive room for expansion; people want an expanded prison there; millions of pounds have been invested in the prison."

He called on Prisons Minister to look again before "making a disastrous mistake".

Prisons Minister Jeremy Wright pointed out that a meeting was already in the diary between himself and Mr Bone, but he would not be swayed with regards to the prison, which closed in December 2012.

Government slammed over prison closure

Wellingborough Prison

MPs have hit out at the Ministry of Justice's decision to close down Wellingborough Prison, calling the move a "disastrous mistake".

Conservative MPs Peter Bone and Philip Hollobone urged the Government to reconsider plans to dispose of the prison, which they described as "cost-effective".

Mr Bone said the decision was "completely and utterly wrong."