About Clare Sambrook

Clare Sambrook, novelist and journalist. Co-editor of OurKingdom and co-founder of End Child Detention Now. Winner of Paul Foot Award and Bevins Prize for outstanding investigative journalism in 2010. Orwell Prize nominee in 2013.

Articles by Clare Sambrook

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Man loses job. What next? (He's G4S's Nick Buckles, by the way)

What happens after a government outsourcer fails shareholders and the public, and the boss loses his job? Nick Buckles gets £1,200,000 — and a pension of more than £400,000 a year.

Fail and prosper: how privatisation really works

Want to make £10 million and more? Become an accountant. Learn how to make austerity pay. 

Is the Death of a Detainee a BBC story? It depends where they're from

The horrible death of Canadian Alois Dvorzac in UK immigration detention was big news. What if he'd been from Eritrea or Zaire?

Man, 84, dies handcuffed in hospital: UK border control by the GEO Group

A shocking report on Harmondsworth, the British immigration lock-up run by GEO, America's second biggest prisons contractor. Who are the GEO Group and what do they stand for?

Britain's botched privatisation of asylum housing

UK spending watchdog confirms mismanagement in outsourcing to G4S and Serco. Report casts doubt on public servants' ability to scrutinise powerful contractors.

G4S guard bludgeoned woman to death

That's G4S, experts in "robust employee screening". A murder conviction in Glasgow raises fresh doubts about a government outsourcer's competence and integrity.

The truth about sexual abuse at Yarl's Wood detention centre

What is the British government really doing to protect immigration detainees from their guards?

Jimmy Mubenga and the shame of British Airways

Three years after the unlawful killing of a passenger in its care, why hasn't British Airways held an inquiry into what went wrong? What are the consequences of its inaction?

G4S: A tale of two troubled prisons

Privatisation's flagship African jail is beset by kidnap, rape and stabbings. In Oakwood Prison, England, hooch, drugs and violence thrive. What's the problem? For-profit prisons? Or G4S?

UK government deports sexual assault witnesses

Witnesses to alleged sexual abuse at Yarl's Wood detention centre are being put on a mass deportation flight to Pakistan, leaving tonight.

Strip-searched in Derbyshire

Police officers across England are strip-searching people for no good reason. 

It's all right for Michael Gove

The UK education minister blames food bank clients for their poverty. The man himself takes, time and time again.

JULY: Court rejects UK gov attempt to send transplant patient to her death — AUGUST: 'Free at last'

JULY: Rejoicing in Yorkshire as Home Secretary is denied her wish to deport Roseline Akhalu to Nigeria. AUGUST: Akhalu granted leave to remain.

G4S guard fatally restrains 15 year old - gets promoted

What to do with a 100 kg guard who fatally restrains a 40 kg boy? Promote him to health & safety manager, G4S children's homes. Behind the corporate image at the company responsible for some of Britain's most vulnerable children. See also: Concealment and trickery - that's G4S children's homes

Concealment and trickery - that's G4S children's homes

The world's biggest security company hides its identity in applications to convert houses into children's homes in England. See also: G4S guard fatally restrains 15 year old - gets promoted

Lord Ramsbotham attacks 'perverse' decision not to prosecute G4S over Mubenga death

JULY 2013: Crown Prosecution Service reconsiders decision not to prosecute G4S.

JULY 2012: Ramsbotham, former chief inspector of prisons, condemns original CPS decision not to prosecute. Peers describe UK Border Agency culture of disbelief, its abuse of torture victims, denial of legal representation, dawn raids on pregnant mothers, the perils of outsourcing, ‘loutish and aggressive’ behaviour, and that’s not all . . .

Who is that man in the Lord Chancellor's seat?

• Justice minister making savage cuts lined his pockets from Parliamentary expenses • MPs grill Chris Grayling over plans to destroy Legal Aid • Grayling acknowledges 'ideological' motivation.

MPs on Justice by Tesco, Stobart & G4S

A debate the government did not want to happen. House of Commons resists Coalition attack on Legal Aid. 

Broken bones and stab wounds: rising violence at G4S-run Birmingham jail

Steep rise in attacks on staff and prisoners at run-for-profit Winson Green prison.

G4S and their human rights problem

Protesters disrupt security company's annual meeting. A jury questions the death of a detainee. Spooks and Big Money mingle with ministers at Bilderberg. Scenes from a Le Carré novel? A difficult day for security giant G4S . . . War on Want's film of the protest is here.

Olympic bunglers G4S recruit for Hillsborough inquiry

Outsourcing giant G4S seeks retired police officers to investigate Britain's worst football disaster — for £14 an hour.

Woolwich: Lord Reid, the security industry's salesman

Former Home Secretary John Reid exploits a brutal murder to revive the Snoopers' Charter.

G4S boss Nick Buckles retires at 52, a multimillionaire

Security company G4S and its executives have got rich dismantling public services.

Champagne for Serco shareholders, 23 hour lock-ins for Serco prisoners

Serco shareholders gather in the City of London today to celebrate financial success. Just across the river, Britain's newest private prison HMP Thameside, run by Serco, is failing.

Another G4S scandal: UK's privatised asylum housing market is falling apart

The sensitive work of housing vulnerable asylum seekers appears to be defeating the world’s biggest security company. A leaked letter from G4S director (a former Rentokil executive) illuminates the unfolding crisis.

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