Report due into Lord Archer complaint

JAILED peer Lord Archer was today due to be given the results of complaints he has made about his treatment before he was transferred to a Suffolk jail.

JAILED peer Lord Archer was today due to be given the results of complaints he has made about his treatment before he was transferred to a Suffolk jail.

Lord Archer made the complaint to the Prison Ombudsman after he was transferred from North Sea Camp in Lincolnshire to Lincoln Jail and then on to Hollesley Bay near Woodbridge.

He submitted a 44-page complaint to the Ombudsman following his transfer to Suffolk, and apparently now feels he has more reason to be aggreived.

The original complaint relates to his transfer from North Sea Camp open prison following revelations he had had lunch with former Conservative cabinet minister Gillian Shephard while on home leave.


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Archer said he knew he had to stay within a 55-mile radius of North Sea Camp when he was allowed out for the day.

He had checked Mrs Shephard's home was within this area and the prison rules did not say he had to remain in his own home during a visit .

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"I genuinely thought I had acted entirely within the letter and spirit of the community visit regulations at all times," Archer said.

"Had I known that I should have asked permission to go out to lunch with my wife with friends who lived closer to North Sea Camp than my own home then I would have asked permission."

He said his punishment – three weeks in Lincoln followed by transfer to Hollesley Bay which has fewer privileges than North Sea Camp – was disproportionate.

Since lodging the complaint the peer has also been angered by a prison service about-turn which has prevented him from doing community work at the Orwell Mencap's Genesis Project in Ipswich.

He was originally offered the work – and Graham Bailey of the Genesis Project was keen for him to help with its clients – but after intervention from the Home Office in London the placement was cancelled.

"We are still hopeful it may happen at some stage in the future," said Mr Bailey today. "But it was quite clear that the original change in plan came from London and not from the prison authorities at Hollesley."

The Genesis Project regularly provides work placement for prisoners from Hollesley coming to the end of their sentences.

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