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At Prime Minister’s Questions just now, Ed Miliband put David Cameron on the spot over reports in today’s papers that the Prime Minister has ordered a U-turn on shortening certain sentences. “Has he?” asked the opposition leader.

Cameron distinctly failed to answer the question (just as he failed, later in the session, to comply to a request by the speaker to withdraw a claim that Miliband had “misled the House”). By refusing explicitly to back the Justice Secretary Ken Clarke, who is trying to get prisons numbers down, Cameron effectively confirmed the reports. As well he might: last night in…

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