Ian Lawrence's Blog

The following is essentially the same content as appeared in my message to members last night but today, of all days, I cannot think that there is anything additional to say

Today represents a dark day in...Read more

30th May 2014

Members will by now be aware that Tom Rendon has decided to step down from his role as National Chair. I have replied to Tom on a personal basis and wished him well for the future. He has many talents and has made a major contribution to the life...Read more

23rd May 2014

Just listening to the opening debates at the PCS National Conference in Brighton this afternoon which follows the earlier decisions reached at the MOJ Group Conference which I was invited to over the last two...Read more

20th May 2014

Last weekend’s furore over the missing millions that Education Secretary Michael Gove is reputed to have shifted into supporting his Free Schools project at the expense of much needed state places, bears a striking similarity to the position...Read more

14th May 2014

The predictable furore following the abscondment of a life prisoner from an open prison is still at full flow this morning as politicians and pundits queue up to say how appalling it is that such a thing can happen.

Sky News are running...Read more

06th May 2014

I was feeling refreshed after the Easter break until about 08:00am Monday morning when I received a full briefing on what has been happening this last fortnight!

Feedback from the last TR Consultative Forum which took place just after the...Read more

30th Apr 2014

Just trying to clear the decks as best I can before some leave, and it's been another crazy day at the ranch and outside of it too with meetings on Measures where we have since heard of a bit of a kafuffle over facilities time (which we are...Read more

15th Apr 2014

I have been to so many, so called 'high level' meetings with senior management across the public and private sectors over the years that I thought I had seen and heard everything. You will appreciate that I don't have the same licence as others...Read more

15th Apr 2014

A week after a strike that showed there is still considerable life in the Napo Campaign we are now planning the next stages which will help us to maintain pressure on the coalition.

This work crosses several strands of activity and anyone...Read more

08th Apr 2014

Another significant (and frenetic) week in our campaign as we head for the strike alongside the Justice Alliance.

Its highlights have included some extraordinary exchanges between the Justice Committee and Jeremy Wright. We also took...Read more

28th Mar 2014