minals and killers. But he will surrender the final say over those sentenced before 2005 to 15 years in jail or more when a new clause - to be enacted in the new year - became law last week. Straw had used his ve黄大仙资料香港资料 to this summer by denying frail Great T
rain Robber Ronnie Biggs parole before releasing the 80-year-old later on compassionate grounds. Parole Board chairman Sir David Latham yesterd
ay said the change in law took the politics and pandering to the public out of decision-making. He said: There was in my view no rational reason for it (keeping Biggs in jail). But Labour MP Martin Salte
r said: People
elect politicians, not officials and MPs. This measure may look transparent but de-politicising decisions disempowers voters.