Diary - sympathy for prison officers

Out early into the park. Always amuses me to see cyclists roaring down the tracks rather than in their specially built cycle-ways. A friendly gesture that they are in the wrong place normally ends in abuse. Oh, well! Spent most of the morning working on a follow-up to my meeting with prisons' minister Robert Buckland. The Deputy Governor of HMP YOI, Dave Daddow, and I had raised several issues with him and I was keen to follow these through. The meeting with Mr Buckland was in confidence. I also followed up on my meeting with three prison officers beforehand. Kim Damen, Jamie Mortley and John Garrard had all been assaulted in the course of their duty and had come to the Commons to a pre-arranged POA get-together to recall their experiences. I have huge sympathy for prison officers as they work behind the scenes doing our work and many of them feel forgotten. A sandwich lunch at my desk before attending several private meetings in the afternoon, ending with the weekly ERG. We'd dropped to one line beforehand, so I headed home at about 1900.