CHALK - CONSERVATIVE MP CHELTENHAM
Alexander John Gervase
Chalk, KC (born 8 August 1976) is a British politician serving as secretary of state for justice and lord chancellor since April 2023. He was elected Member of Parliament for Cheltenham in 2015. Chalk previously served as the solicitor general for England and Wales, minister of state for prisons and probation and parliamentary under-secretary of state for justice. In October 2022, Chalk was appointed minister of state for defence procurement at the
Chalk was first elected as a Conservative councillor for Shepherds Bush Green ward on Hammersmith and Fulham Council in May 2006. He went on to stand successfully in Addison ward in 2010, with
Labour taking his former Shepherds Bush Green seat in the same election. He did not stand for re-election in 2014. Whilst on the Council he chaired the Planning Committee for four years.
So knows a thing or two about favours for developers and the lack of affordable
housing. But we are sure he has not seen a full scale vendetta
against a member of the public, such as conducted and presently ongoing
in the Wealden
During his 2015 general election campaign for Cheltenham, Chalk was accused of receiving support from the pro-hunting group Vote-OK, with members volunteering to deliver leaflets for him. In May 2017,
Liberal Democrats candidate Martin Horwood said that Chalk was being actively supported by members of pro-hunting organisations Vale of White Horse Hunt, North Cotswold Hunt and Vote-OK, and questioned whether Chalk was concealing his position on fox hunting. Horwood said that when asked to say yes or no to keeping the hunting ban, Chalk replied "free vote" in 2015 but replied "pass" in 2017.
Chalk went on to clarify his position during the hustings stating that "This is another misleading and increasingly desperate attack by the Lib Dems, who are seeing their support crater. Contrary to his claims, I have made clear that I would not accept support from any hunt or from Vote OK for the election. That remains my position." Chalk has since clarified his position further stating:
"Fox hunting is banned under the Hunting Act 2004, so whether or not an offence is being committed depends on whether or not the behaviour violates its provisions. I have made clear that I would not be in favour of repealing this legislation."
Chalk was among several Conservative candidates from the 2015 general election under investigation for breaking local campaign spending limits. This related to the use of
Buses" during his election campaign, the costs of which were not declared by Chalk's campaign but were instead paid for by the Conservatives' national headquarters. Had the costs been declared the strict local spending limit would have been exceeded by £1,500.
Gloucestershire Constabulary confirmed it had received a complaint in 2016 and he was under investigation at the
time. Following a lengthy investigation, the Crown Prosecution Service said it would take no further action against any Conservative candidates or party official, including Alex Chalk. In March 2017, the Electoral Commission fined the Conservative Party £70,000 for failing
to accurately report campaign spending. In May 2017, the Crown Prosecution Service concluded its investigations into the allegations and determined that no
Conservative Party candidates or officials would face charges. An investigation into the Conservative campaign in South Thanet however was to continue.
He was elected as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Cheltenham in the 2015 general election after he achieved a swing of over 10%. His victory in the constituency was the first for a
Conservative Party candidate in 23 years.
From June 2015 to January 2019, Chalk was a member of the Justice Select Committee, which scrutinises the government's decisions relating to the justice system. In addition to his role on the Justice Select Committee, Chalk was Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Pro
Bono and Co- Chair of the APPG on Cycling. He was also the secretary of the APPG on Public Legal
Education and the APPG for Highways and the vice chair of the APPG on Lyme Disease.
Chalk held his seat in the 2017 general election with a majority of 2,569.
In 2018, prompted by his concerns about an apparent rise in child and adolescent mental health in his constituency, Chalk led a Parliamentary inquiry, together with the Children's Society and Young Minds charities, into the impact of social media and cyber bullying on young people's mental
health. Following the launch of the report, it was referenced in the Government's Response to the Internet Safety Strategy Green Paper (published May 2018).
In 2018, Chalk was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to the Department of
Education. He was then appointed PPS to the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care later in 2018, and then in May 2019 became PPS to the new Secretary of State for Defence Penny Mordaunt.
IS THIS A JOKE? - Who is the chap looks
like Ronnie Barker with Alex Chalk? This picture reflects the British
Justice System, it's a comedy act, and party time in court. Courts and
cops, aided and abetted by the Crown Prosecution Service, already know
the outcome of a trial. The police investigate selectively and control
crime scenes, the CPS order the theft of privileged documents from their
victims, so that they know if the other side is (effectively) on their
team, and the Judges are more than happy to misdirect Juries to obtain
the verdict the State wants - to cover up inconvenient (planning)
crimes. The British justice system is riddled with Masons and funny
handshakes, police, judges and prosecutors - to ensure steerage of a
case. Lastly, Legal Aid is restricted so that the defence cannot afford
to instruct their own forensic experts. By these means, protestors and
dissidents are discredited and buried. One reason Britain is so corrupt,
perhaps. What do you think?
In February 2020, Chalk was appointed as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Ministry of Justice.
During the Coronavirus pandemic, Chalk was responsible for mitigating the impact of
COVID-19 on the justice system – working to restart the courts system in a safe manner whilst providing ongoing support to the funeral sector, the legal sector and the charitable sector.
Chalk was also responsible for helping to protect victims of crime, and during the
COVID-19 crisis, he worked to ensure that victims of domestic abuse could get legal remedies and protections that they needed, including injunctions, non-molestation orders and Domestic Violence Protection Orders.
During the pandemic, Chalk worked with colleagues in the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government and the Home Office, to secure an emergency funding package of £76m for victims, including £28 million to support victims and survivors of domestic abuse and their children. Chalk also signed off measures to provide greater access to legal aid for domestic abuse survivors, with evidence requirements needed to qualify for legal aid expanded to make access easier.
Chalk also authorised the allocation of over £600,000 to boost victims services such as Victim Support, the Survivors' Trust and sexual violence helplines, as well as £3m to support Law Centres which were at risk of collapse.
In June 2020, Chalk took the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill through
Parliament which spares divorcing couples from having to apportion blame for the breakdown of their
In August 2020, Chalk published the "Harm in the Family Courts" review and accompanying action plan, which seeks to improve how the family courts identify and respond to allegations of domestic abuse and other serious offences, in cases involving disputes between parents about the arrangements for their children.
In December 2020, Chalk took the Private International Law (Implementation of Agreements) Bill through the House of Commons, which provides for the implementation of international agreements on private international law following Brexit. A video clip of Chalk's exchange on this subject with the Shadow Secretary of State for Justice, David Lammy was widely circulated on social
media. During his speech, Chalk pointed out the hypocrisy of Lammy's opposition to the Administration of Justice Act 1920, the Foreign Judgments Act 1933, the Maintenance Orders Act 1972 as all three acts were on the statute book – and even used – under the last Labour government, of which Lammy was a Minister.
In March 2021, Chalk launched the Criminal Legal Aid Independent Review and accelerated criminal legal aid measures, increasing funding by £51m per annum for solicitors and barristers.
In March 2021, Chalk announced measures to protect young people who fall victim to sexual predators working as sports coaches and faith leaders. Alongside his Ministerial colleagues at the Ministry of Justice, Chalk tabled new laws in the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill to prohibit those in a position of trust from engaging in sexual activity with a child in their care.
In April 2021, Chalk published the Victims’ Code – which sets out the services and information victims of crime are entitled to from criminal justice agencies – like the police and courts – from the moment they report a crime to the end of the trial.
Chalk was also responsible for progressing the Domestic Abuse Bill through the Commons. This landmark Bill, which received Royal Assent in April 2021, will help transform the response to domestic abuse, helping to prevent offending, protect victims and ensure they have the support they need. For the first time in history, the Bill also included a wide-ranging legal definition of domestic abuse which incorporates a range of abuses beyond physical violence, including emotional, coercive or controlling behaviour, and economic abuse.
PROCUREMENT FRAUD - The Pothole Party have
charged taxes in the form of the Road Fund Licences, but failed to
repair our roads. Apart from breach of contract, where is all the money
going. Who is profiting from taxpayer's money, if the roads are not
being repaired? Surely, this is a case for the Justice Minister. Or,
should we call in Sherlock Holmes? The NHS is also subject to
procurement fraud. Once again, the Pothole Party has taken you NH
Insurance contributions, and failed to deliver an effective ambulance or
A&E service. Doctors are allowed to work from home - when they could
be anywhere, even on holiday, making telephone calls at public expense,
instead of seeing patients. Why not replace doctors with enhanced smart
watches, that diagnose patients, then upload data (with permissions) to
a national database, to allow the Ministers to budget more effectively.
Why not track doctors and monitor their movements?
PRISONS & PROBATION MINISTER
In March 2021, Chalk was temporarily appointed as Prisons and Probations Minister whilst his predecessor, Lucy Frazer QC MP, was reappointed as Solicitor General when
Suella Braverman MP was designated as a Minister on Leave.
In May 2021, it was reported by The Times that Chalk had told prison officials that they "must stop calling inmates residents, clients or supervised individuals because it creates the wrong impression of criminals". Chalk reportedly told civil servants, prison staff, governors and probation officers that they should stick to using the word prisoner as the increasing use of alternative language to refer to and address prisoners was "sending mixed messages about how the state and wider society perceived serious criminals". Speaking to The Times, a source close to Chalk said "This kind of language does nobody any favours. People in prison are there because they have committed serious crimes and need to be locked up to protect the public. We should be speaking plainly and not pretending that these people are angels residing in a cell out of choice.”
In May 2021, Chalk announced that new prisons will be 'net zero' in future, with the four new prisons being built in England using heat pumps, efficient lighting systems and thousands of solar panels, to reduce energy demand by half and cut carbon emissions by at least 85% compared to prisons already under construction.
In May 2021, Chalk announced that charities and companies which help rehabilitate offenders had been awarded around £200 million of Government funding to provide vital support services that help reduce
re-offending, such as employment and housing advice.
In June 2021, Chalk announced that 1,000 new trainee probation officers, a record number for a single year in the history of probation, had been recruited to bolster the vital work the Probation Service does to cut crime and protect the public.
In June 2021, Chalk announced an overhaul to the unpaid work that offenders are ordered to do as part of community service. Chalk announced that the Government would now have more of a say in what unpaid work is spent doing. By working with local councils and police and crime commissioners, Chalk stated that the Government would make even better use of these millions of hours, developing local and visible community payback projects.
In July 2021, Chalk announced a new scheme to provide temporary, basic accommodation to prison leavers for twelve weeks in an attempt to cut crime by reducing the number of prison leavers ending up homeless so that they have the foundation to get a job and access treatment for addictions.
In August 2021, Chalk announced that thousands more solar panels will be fitted to prisons to help cut carbon emissions and to save taxpayers’ money. The installations were expected to cut more than 1,300 tonnes of carbon from the earth's atmosphere and provide 20% of each prison's
electricity. It was estimated that this would save £800,000 of taxpayers' money a year.
In August 2021, the Ministry of Justice announced the expansion of the Clink Kitchens Scheme to a further 25 prisons by the end of the year, giving offenders the chance to work in professionally-run prison kitchens with the intention of turning them away from a life of crime. In the programme prisoners train in professionally-run prison kitchens for up to 35 hours a week, preparing and cooking thousands of meals daily, while working towards professional qualifications which will help them find employment after
release - knowing employers shy from taking on convicts. Also cutting
the cost of preparing food for the inmates, and assuming that prisoners
might actually like such positions, and might not aspire to being
solicitors, lawyers or IT professionals.
SOLICITOR GENERAL FOR ENGLAND & WALES
On 16 September 2021, Chalk was appointed Her
Majesty's Solicitor-General for England and Wales. After his appointment, he became a Queen's Counsel and was officially sworn in on 23 September 2021.
As Solicitor General, Chalk sought to ensure that criminals receive custodial sentences that appropriately reflect the nature of their crimes. He has referred a significant number of cases to the Court of Appeal under the unduly lenient sentence scheme, securing enhanced sentences against more than 38 serious offenders in his first eight months in the role. On average, these offenders have been handed down an enhanced sentence that is 56 percent longer than the original sentence they received. These offenders include Milad Rouf, who threw acid in the face of a former partner, James Clarke, who murdered a 39-day old baby, and Christopher Appleby, who sexually abused three girls over a period of 15 years.
In January 2021, a man who had previously been given a suspended sentence having been asked to read improving books was sentenced to an immediate prison term after Chalk personally presented the case on behalf of the Government at the Court of Appeal.
Ben John, aged 22, was in possession of tens of thousands of politically extreme and far-right documents and files, including white nationalist and anti-Semitic materials. He was also found to own a copy of ‘‘The Anarchist Cookbook’’, a widely available book containing instructions for the manufacture of explosives and rudimentary weapons. In August 2021, John was given a suspended sentence. Following Chalk's presentation in court, the Court of Appeal increased John's sentence to 2 years’ imprisonment with a 1 year licence period.
In March 2021, Chay Bowskill saw his sentence for kidnapping, coercive control and perverting the course of justice increased from 7 and a half years to 12 years following Chalk’s decision to refer the case to the Court of Appeal. Bowskill was responsible for the incident which led to Angel Lynn falling from a vehicle moving at high speed in September 2020. Lynn suffered catastrophic injuries as a result of this incident, with severe brain damage rendering her unable to talk, walk and communicate.”
Chalk also referred the sentences to Emma Tustin and Thomas Hughes to the Court of Appeal after they were convicted of murder and manslaughter respectively for their roles in the death of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes.
Arthur Labinjo-Hughes died aged six from unsurvivable brain injuries following years of abuse by Tustin and Hughes. At the time of his death, a medical review found that he was covered in 130 bruises, that he had been poisoned with salt, and that the extent of his injuries amounted to torture. The original sentences handed down to Tustin and Hughes were 29 and 21 years respectively.
As Solicitor General, Chalk oversaw the Serious Fraud Office and has sought to ensure that the SFO is effective in tackling fraud, bribery, and corruption. In one case, the SFO secured convictions against Petrofac LTD for bribery, with the energy firm fined £77 million as a result. This is the single largest penalty for a conviction under the Bribery Act since its introduction in 2010.
Chalk championed a variety of causes during his tenure as Solicitor General. He has been an ardent supporter of the government’s strategy to tackle Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG). He sought to improve the criminal justice to rape, overseeing the implementation of Operation Soteria, a new policy that directs the police and Crown Prosecution Service to focus investigations on suspects rather than complainants’ credibility.
Chalk resigned as Solicitor General on 5 July 2022, citing the Owen Paterson scandal,
Partygate and the Chris Pincher scandal.
MINISTER OF STATE - MINISTRY OF DEFENCE
From October 2022 to April 2023, Chalk was Minister of State in the Ministry of
Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice.
Chalk was named to succeed Dominic Raab as Secretary of State for Justice and Lord Chancellor.
King Charles III appointed him to those offices at a meeting of the Privy Council on 26 April 2023, at which he was also sworn of the council.
In early 2018, he launched a 'Final Straw' campaign in Cheltenham to ban single-use plastic straws, which the government implemented in 2020. He supported a bottle return scheme. But what is needed is an ouright ban on plastic, or a massive tax disincentive. With tax concessions for sustainable packaging medium.
Chalk has spoken out in support of measures to protect animals, such as "Lucy's Law", seeking to ban third-party puppy farmer sales. He led a debate on protecting the UK's bee population. Chalk was selected to sit on the Committee to scrutinise the Ivory Bill 2017–2019, which sought to ban the commercial use of elephant ivory. Chalk had called for the Government to crack down on the illegal wildlife trade.
On 30 April 2019, Chalk tabled a Ten Minute Rule Bill seeking to enshrine in law that the UK reaches a net zero carbon account by 2050, writing "we in the UK need to play our part in stopping the runaway train of
change." Chalk's Bill received cross-party support and received Royal Assent in 2019 as the UK became the first major economy to pass laws to end its contribution to
global warming by 2050.
That said, nothing has happened to encourage clean fuels like green
hydrogen. We don't see any significant tax hikes against oil
in the North Sea do not attract appropriate fines, and the UK
appears to think that nuclear power is sustainable, when the radioactive
waste from power stations is still polluting our oceans.
speaks for itself that Alex Chalk has consistently voted against climate change prevention measures in Parliament.
We wonder then what investments he may have, such as to be a potential
conflict of interest. Perhaps he would care to advise or deny such
Andrew with Virginia Giuffre and Ghislaine Maxwell. These allegations
not investigated, and the Royal not charged. Though human trafficking
in the UK is a serious offence. And so is aiding and abetting a crime,
by failing to report a perceived offence. In light of the position of
this Royal, it is surely in the public interest to both investigate and
prosecute. But, in the UK, Royals inevitably receive different
treatment. However, justice should not only be done, but be seen to be
v Sussex Justices, ex Parte McCarthy 1924 Kings Bench Division. Many
members of the public may think that justice was not seen to be done in
this case. What do you think?
Chalk says he is ardently in favour of reinstating legal aid for early legal advice, believing it to be both fair and cost-effective. He argued that it made sense to address straightforward legal problems before they escalate and end up costing more in the long term. However, he has never voted on the subject.
We wonder what his views are on striking the Criminal Cases Review Commission, and replacing with an
effective remedy - such as a right of appeal. At the moment in the UK, there is no
"right of appeal." UK Courts and the appointed Single Judges are not
independent while the honours system rewards those who tow the Pothole Party's line.
Either scrap the honours system, or ban those in the legal professions
for competing for Gongs - the same for politicians. Better still, why
not consider a Written
Constitution, and remove Royals from politics entirely, since many
consider the badge somewhat tarnished - in light of the allegations of
links to slavery, and Prince
Andrew's friendship with Jeffrey
Aid fees are so low, it is impossible to mount a defence against a CPS
with unlimited resources - to ensure a level playing field. A clear
violation of Article 6.
in the UK is at the mercy of a failing economy and cuts, that virtually guarantee
victory for corrupt police forces, such as Sussex and London's Metropolitan
police. Rigging the evidence by investigating selectively, stealing
Privileged Papers and instructing lesser experts who will say whatever
they are asked, is the hallmark of an unjust society. We have on file a
number of crimes like this not
investigated, because they are inconvenient to the notion of fair
play. It is alleged that an investigation would reveal fraud by Wealden
District Council, covered up by Sussex
police, who are said to be party to the crime - apart from
committing the crime of failing to investigate a crime.
STANDARDS - Greenpeace has threatened to take the
Conservative government to court if it approves drilling at a new oil field in Scotland.
Where most would imagine that leading by example would be the order of
the day in all matters leading up to Cop26, ministers are considering green-lighting the gas and oil project at Cambo, a North
Atlantic site west of Shetland. No matter how you cut it, if this application gets the go ahead, how will the UK be able to hold its head up high when seeking to persuade India and China to stop burning
It's like the ongoing grants of permission for houses that add to
climate chaos, where councils are investing ratepayer's dollars in oil,
instead of renewables. CIL payments are not going to the Community
as Infrastructure Levies, they are (it is alleged) being used to
make up the shortfall in pension plans for council employees. We agree
this should be the subject of a Judicial Review or Public Inquiry.
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sure that Alex is you local MP, when raising local issues. Or, go
through your local MP, to raise national issues with the appropriate
system depends on local MPs performing. Sometimes, a matter is for the
Prime Minister's attention. But, inevitably, MPs will deflect questions,
to avoid having to do anything. They have developed this system to
reduce their workload, and to avoid having to investigate inconvenient
matters. Such as where are our taxes being spent.
is something the Conservatives are do not want, or, the electorate would
be better able to understand how it is that they have fudged our
MPS -MARCH 2020
& Social Care