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Disgraced MP could be moving to Suffolk

PUBLISHED: 18:17 09 October 2001 | UPDATED: 15:18 03 March 2010

DISGRACED peer Lord Archer could be heading to a Suffolk prison within weeks to serve the rest of his jail sentence.

A spokesman for the Prison Service today refused to confirm reports that Archer's prisoner status has been downgraded from Category C to lower risk Category D, signally an imminent move to an open prison.

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DISGRACED peer Lord Archer could be heading to a Suffolk prison within weeks to serve the rest of his jail sentence.

A spokesman for the Prison Service today refused to confirm reports that Archer's prisoner status has been downgraded from Category C to lower risk Category D, signally an imminent move to an open prison.

The former vice chairman of the Conservative Party, who is serving a four-year sentence for perjury and perverting the course of justice, is believed to favour a move to Hollesley Bay open prison near Woodbridge.

Friends are reported to say Archer believes the environment there would inspire his writing. The 61-year-old is currently in medium-security Wayland in Norfolk.

Other possible destinations for his move include Standford Hill open prison in Kent, Ford jail in Sussex and Springhill in Buckinghamshire.

Hollesley Bay, however, is closest to the peer's family home in Grantchester, Cambridgeshire.

A Prison Office spokesman said he could not confirm whether a change in Archer's jail address was imminent or speculate on where he might be switched to.

Archer is currently in the process of appealing against his conviction.

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