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Gerry Conlon - 'I would still be in jail without legal aid'

Issue No. 2355

Gerry Conlon of the Guildford Four

Gerry Conlon of the Guildford Four (Pic: Guy Smallman)

Gerry Conlon was one of the “Guildford Four”. He spent 15 years in jail for a bombing he didn’t commit.

“I know that without legal aid I would still be in prison,”he said. “We were lucky to get lawyers who believed in us.

 “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.

“The people who need legal aid are the poor and the working class. This is something worth fighting for.

“Don’t let them destroy it. Let’s fight these cuts and get rid of contracts that would see clients as pieces of meat.”

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Tue 28 May 2013, 17:53 BST
Issue No. 2355
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