A proposal to establish a women?s criminal justice policy unit within the Ministry of Justice foundered yesterday after a vote on an amendment to the Legal Aid Sentencing and Criminal Justice Bill was tied.

Peers voted evenly, with 217 votes for and 217 against, on an amendment tabled by Labour?s Lady Corston to establish an MoJ unit to develop and implement a strategy for women entering the criminal justice system and those at risk of offending.

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