Chris Grayling

Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice visits the Peace Centre

January 30, 2015 | Nick Taylor

Friday 30th January 2015, Chris Grayling, the Secretary of State for Justice and Lord Chancellor visited the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Peace Centre in Warrington.

Mr Grayling was in Warrington with local MP David Mowat and asked to visit the Centre to meet Founders Colin and Wendy Parry and hear about the work of the Foundation for Peace, in particular its work to assist survivors, victims and those affected by terrorism.

Mr Grayling, as Secretary of State, has oversight of all Ministry of Justice business and is responsible for making improvements to the criminal justice and prison system He is also responsible for the resourcing of his department, overall strategy on criminal justice, penal policy, human rights and rehabilitation and other functions of the Lord Chancellor.

Following election to Government in May 2010, he was appointed Minister of State at the Department for Work and Pensions. He has also held a number of shadow front bench posts, including Shadow Home Secretary and Shadow Secretary of State for Transport. 

Colin and Wendy Parry told him about the Centre and showed him the building and Chief Executive, Nick Taylor set out the recently published manifesto for Peace that the Foundation has published and talked through the challenges faced by the organisation.

Nick Taylor said: “The Foundation is an independent charity but its aims are in accord with many of our national objectives to counter extremism and help those who have suffered through acts of terrorism and war.

“We set out our new manifesto for Peace and asked the Secretary of State to ensure that Government fully realises the social impacts we are having and how we need to attract long-term investment to support our work.”