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Key-cutting boss appointed new prisons minister

James Timpson, of the Timpson Group, has been appointed prisons minister by Prime Minister Sir Keir Starmer.

The PM says he has appointed a CEO known for employing ex-offenders as the new prisons minister because he "walks the walk".

Mr Timpson, whose key-cutting and shoe repair firm has hundreds of outlets across the UK , including many in Gloucestershire, has made a name for himself hiring hundreds of former prisoners. 

He previously said only a third of people in prison should be there, reported the BBC.

During his first news conference as Prime Minister at the weekend, Sir Keir said Mr Timpson had invested "a huge amount over many years" into rehabilitating offenders and he was "very pleased" to have given him the post.

His comments came after prison governors last week warned jails could run out of space within days, putting the public in danger.

Mr Timpson was not elected by the public and is not an MP but will now sit in the House of Lords, the upper chamber of parliament which scrutinises the work of the government and recommends changes to proposed legislation.

Alongside running his key cutting business, the 52-year-old is the chair of UK charity the Prison Reform Trust, which aims to reduce imprisonment and improve conditions for inmates and families.

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