Karl Turner Questions Government on Mental Health in Prisons


Karl Turner MP today raised the important issue of mental health in prisons and asked the Prisons Minister what the government was doing to get a grip on the mental health crisis that is currently affecting our prisons service.

The suicide rate in prisons is at a 25 year high with 102 suicides recorded in the 12 months to September. This comes at a time when there has been a reported 36,440 incidents of self harm in the same 12 month period – an increase of 26% on the previous year.

The Howard League reported on 28th November that 102 people have lost their lives through suicide in prisons in England and Wales in 2016 and that the prison suicide rate, at 120 deaths per 100,000 people, is about 10 times higher than the rate in the general population.

The jointly-produced Howard League for Penal Reform and Mental Health report,
Preventing Prison Suicides, published on 28th November, identified a number of areas
contributing to vulnerability, including personal and contextual risk factors such as historic mental health problems, exposure to trauma and abuse, having lived in care, homelessness, drug use, receiving a sentence later in life, risk of deportation and child custody concern; aspects of prison life that impact vulnerability such as the prison routine, the prison environment, staffing resources; mental health intervention in prison, such as mental health services, safer cells, external projects and listening schemes and whether prison was the right intervention.

Speaking afterwards Karl Turner, Labour MP for East Hull said “It is simply not good enough that the Health Secretary has yet to visit a prison mental health facility and it seems neither has the Justice Secretary.

“We are currently in the midst of a prisons crisis and the Government needs to get a grip on what is frankly an out of control situation.

“Prisoners should have access to the same care and mental health resources as anyone else and it is deplorable that this government is yet to find a solution to this problem”

You can see Karl’s question to the Prisons Minister here


Karl Turner MP Attends Opening of Siemens Wind Turbine Blade Factory

(R-L) Karl Turner MP, Alan Johnson MP, Diana Johnson MP

Karl Turner today attended the official opening of the Siemens wind turbine blade factory on Alexandra Dock in East Hull.

The opening marked the culmination of nearly a decade of planning and dedication from a number of people and organisations determined to make a dream into a reality.

Karl’s first meeting as an MP back in 2010 was with representatives of Associated British Ports and Siemens to discuss how best to drive the project forward and what support the city’s MPs could give.

As the first blade is revealed, Siemens announced it had employed almost 700 people in Hull so far, with 96% living within a 30-mile radius of the city, having received more than 23,000 job applications.

A further 100 permanent staff are employed at Alexandra Dock working for Siemens’ suppliers and recruitment up to a total of 1,000 people will continue into 2017 as the site becomes fully operational. Hundreds more jobs have been created during construction and in the supply chain.

The Siemens factory and associated facilities are Hull’s largest-ever inward investment and at the forefront of an exciting wave of development as Hull prepares to be the UK City of Culture in 2017.

Hull City Council Leader Cllr Steve Brady said: “With this world-class facility coming fully into production, Hull will be firmly at the centre of a new industrial era as we embrace the opportunities of the low-carbon economy.

“Importantly, hundreds of local people will have high-quality employment within a company with a global reputation for manufacturing and technological excellence.”

Labour MP for East Hull Karl Turner said “This is a historic day for the city and a proud day for me as the local MP.

“This is the biggest investment ever into Hull and a massive vote of confidence in the city and it’s future prospects.

“The fact that 96% of the workforce is from Hull and the surrounding area shows the depth of talent that we have to offer and is surely sends a strong signal to any potential future investment into the city.

“Hull City Council grabbed this opportunity with both hands and it is through the sheer hard work of local stakeholders that this investment was able to happen”.

Blade Silos that will be used to transport the blades out to sea