Friday 27 January 2017 / 12:38 PM 2017 Press Archive / The Latest from Labour

This is a welcome though long overdue announcement from the Government – Richard Burgon

Richard
Burgon MP, Labour’s Shadow Justice Secretary
, commenting on reports that
lawyers representing the families of the victims of the Birmingham pub bombings
can apply for legal aid, said:

“This
is a welcome though long overdue announcement from the Government. Following
the Home Secretary’s unexpected refusal to fund the legal costs of the
inquests, the families should not have been made to wait a further four months
for this announcement. Labour has been pressing the Government to do the right
thing and this development is welcome.

However,
Conservative cuts to legal aid still mean that families who do receive public
funding are far from on a par with the resources of public bodies. This is
another reason the Government must get on with its review of legal aid cuts.”