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Matt Hancock says he vetoed ‘bonkers proposal’ to let out prisoners during lockdown

Former health secretary’s diaries say MoJ wanted to release inmates to slow spread of coronavirus in prisons

A plan to release “thousands” of prisoners was considered during the Covid-19 lockdown, according to Matt Hancock’s diaries.

The details, first reported by the Daily Mail, which is serialising the former health secretary’s journals, come as Hancock returns to Westminster after his stint on ITV’s I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!

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