Maxine Peake joins legal aid cuts protest

Actress Maxine Peake (centre) with protesters outside Westminster in London campaigning against legal aid cuts. Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

Actress Maxine Peake (centre) with protesters outside Westminster in London campaigning against legal aid cuts. Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

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BOLTON actress Maxine Peake is protesting outside Westminster with campaigners who oppose legal aid cuts.

The Silk star, who is a staunch socialist, joined hundreds of protesting barristers in their full court dress of wigs and gowns.

Also with the group were solicitors bearing a puppet image of justice secretary Chris Grayling, and a Magna Carta scroll, which will be delivered by protesters to the Ministry of Justice today.

Mr Grayling was in Bolton last night, where he told lawyers that their strike would make no difference.

The march coincides with a nationwide demonstration of non-attendance which will affect hundreds of court cases across the country.

Hundreds of lawyers marched on Westminster in protest at legal aid cuts as thousands of barristers stage a second walkout at courts across England, including Bolton.

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1:07pm Fri 7 Mar 14

cliff4treasurer says...

Of course lawyers don't want it scrapped. Despite what they would have us believe it's a cash cow for them. It's what pays there wages until they become experienced ,get there own offices then really start to rip us off.
Nearly everybody who uses it is an habitual criminal, unemployed and belonging to the great unwashed part of our society that thrive on drugs and the burglaries used to pay for the drugs, the stolen car brigade, the fraudsters and the rest of the low life in our (my) country.
How many non British are currently milking another of our systems on the criminal merry-go-round.
Of course lawyers don't want it scrapped. Despite what they would have us believe it's a cash cow for them. It's what pays there wages until they become experienced ,get there own offices then really start to rip us off. Nearly everybody who uses it is an habitual criminal, unemployed and belonging to the great unwashed part of our society that thrive on drugs and the burglaries used to pay for the drugs, the stolen car brigade, the fraudsters and the rest of the low life in our (my) country. How many non British are currently milking another of our systems on the criminal merry-go-round. cliff4treasurer
  • Score: 10

1:19pm Fri 7 Mar 14

steveG says...

Have to agree with Cliff,legal aid is often the driving force behind often outrageous chancers claims, fraudulent compensation and other health and safety based scams which have detrimental effects on law abiding citizens,certainly in terms of business insurance and increased prices.
Having said that there are possibly perfectly legitimate claims to legal aid which will suffer.
Have to agree with Cliff,legal aid is often the driving force behind often outrageous chancers claims, fraudulent compensation and other health and safety based scams which have detrimental effects on law abiding citizens,certainly in terms of business insurance and increased prices. Having said that there are possibly perfectly legitimate claims to legal aid which will suffer. steveG
  • Score: 3

3:04pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Back oth Bank Boy says...

This is another example that persecute poor. Watch how murder and suicide rate will go up in this country.
This is another example that persecute poor. Watch how murder and suicide rate will go up in this country. Back oth Bank Boy
  • Score: -3

11:40am Sat 8 Mar 14

clitheroe blue boy says...

How about don't commit crime then us taxpayers won't need to fund legal aid? Just a thought. If somebody is caught red handed or the evidence is compelling, why expect a free solicitor to represent you at great cost to the tax payers? Or if you are found guilty then you pay the costs of the free legal aid you received. (If you asked for it) Have you ever seen a poor solicitor or barrister!
How about don't commit crime then us taxpayers won't need to fund legal aid? Just a thought. If somebody is caught red handed or the evidence is compelling, why expect a free solicitor to represent you at great cost to the tax payers? Or if you are found guilty then you pay the costs of the free legal aid you received. (If you asked for it) Have you ever seen a poor solicitor or barrister! clitheroe blue boy
  • Score: 2

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