Violence cut at eight prisons but Rory Stewart still misses his target

Rory Stewart, as prisons minister Credit: Mary Turner

Rory Stewart’s bid to reduce drugs and violence in 10 of Britain’s worst prisons has failed - but he does not have a job from which he has to resign.

The former prisons minister who stood for the Tory leadership pledged a year ago that he would quit if he did not reduce violence and drugs in 10 target jails.

The results, to be published on Thursday, will reveal violence has risen in two jails but fallen in eight after the Government spent £10 million on extra measures to improve security and conditions.

Mr Stewart quit as International Development Secretary when Boris Johnson won the leadership race so will not have to see through his pledge - and would probably have escaped having moved off...

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