Justice secretary said he would 'get macho' if parole boss didn't resign

Nick Hardwick, in a Guardian interview, says David Gauke forced him to quit over Worboys case

The former Parole Board chief Nick Hardwick has accused the justice secretary of chasing headlines and compromising the integrity of the justice system over his handling of the case of serial sex attacker John Worboys.

In an interview with the Guardian, Hardwick recounted the tense moment David Gauke leaned on him to vacate his role as chair of the Parole Board, warning he did not want to have to “get macho about it”.

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