As a final act of betrayal the Secretary of State for Justice Jack Straw announced in April 2009, that he had decided to Market Test two publicly operated prisons HMP Birmingham and Wellingborough, neither of which had previously gone through this process. The POA strongly objected to the process and challenged the announcement at every level, but this was a political and not an economic decision. Despite the Labour Party losing in the 2010 election, the Market Testing/ Competition Dialogue process continued and as a result HMP Birmingham was handed to G4S, by the new Conservative led Coalition Government. The current Secretary of State for Justice Ken Clarke had set out his views for the justice system which involved wholesale Market Testing and Prison closures as part of the wider reform process. Thankfully his plans have been reversed but the threat of further Market Testing and Prison closures remain.