The Lawyers Are Revolting!


Lawyers protest at parliament against slashing of legal aid

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Around 1,000 lawyers, legal workers and supporters rallied opposite parliament today, Wednesday, against government plans to slash legal aid in criminal cases.

Instead of getting to choose their own representation, people would be lumped with whichever private firm could deliver it most cheaply. Front runners include Tesco, the Co-op and Eddie Stobart. Also under consideration is security firm G4S, currently in the spotlight because of the inquest into the death of Jimmy Mubenga during a forced deportation.

“I know that without legal aid I would still be in prison,” said Gerry Conlon—one of the Guildford Four who spent 15 years in prison for a bombing they didn’t commit.

“We were lucky to get lawyers who believed in us,” he continued. “Back in the 1970s they sent innocent people to jail by the vanload. But if these cuts go through they’ll be sending them in by the Eddie Stobart truckload.”

Other victims of miscarriages of justice spoke out, alongside MPs and leading barristers.

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About I Am Not A Number

I Am Not A Number is written by Chris Jury. For 30 years Chris Jury was a TV actor, director and writer best known for playing Eric Catchpole in over 60 episodes of the BBC’s antique classic, Lovejoy, and for directing over 50 episodes of Eastenders. In 2008 he was appointed as the Senior Lecturer in Recorded Media in the School Of Music & Performing Arts at Bath Spa University. He currently presents, Agitpop, a pop & politics radio discussion programme on North Cotswold Community Radio http://www.agitpopradio.org.uk He is currently the Communications Officer for UCU at Bath Spa University and a UCU SW Regional Rep at SWTUC.
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