Parole Board chair, Nick Hardwick, resigned today having been told that his “position was untenable”.
The decision followed the succesful appeal by victims of serial rapist John Warboys against the parole board’s controversial decision to release him part-way through sentence.
In his resignation letter which has been made public, Hardwick said: “I am sorry for the mistakes that were made in this case but I have always made it clear that I will support the members and staff of the Board in the very difficult individual decisions they make and I will accept accountability for the work of the Board.
I will not pass the buck to those who work under me. In these circumstances I inform you of my decision to resign with immediate effect.
In conclusion, I want to state my concern about the independence of the Board.
I believe this matter raises very troubling questions about how the Board’s independence can be safeguarded.
I hope Parliament will consider what structural changes are necessary to ensure this independence is protected in future.”
Read the letter in full via the BBC website