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Justice Secretary Ken Clarke 'got bogged down' on rape row

Justice Secretary Ken Clarke has admitted he got "bogged down" in an argument about different types of rape.

He told BBC One's Question Time his comments about the differences between "serious, proper rapes" and others had "obviously upset a lot of people".

But Mr Clarke insisted plans to halve sentences for criminals who admit guilt at their first chance to enter a plea after being charged were still being considered.

Question Time is broadcast from Wormwood Scrubs prison on Thursday 19 May.

Watch on Thursday 19 May at 10.35pm on BBC One or catch up via the Question Time website.

  • 19 May 2011