Hundreds of solicitors and campaigners surrounded the entrance to
The Justice Alliance, a coalition of organisations set up to fight government attacks on legal aid, called the rally. Over a hundred people marched and rallied in
Leroy attacked he government’s assault on legal aid saying, “This system shits on the poor all the time. It’s got to stop.”
Sally, the mother of a 15 year old rape victim, addressed the crowd. She said legal aid helped her uncover police blunders that let her daughter’s attacker walk free.
Labour MP Jeremy Corbyn read a statement from Billy Power, one of the Birmingham Six who were wrongly convicted of murder in 1975. Billy said he wouldn’t have been able to challenge his sentence without legal aid.
Raphael Rowe, who was wrongly convicted of murder in 1990, urged people to fight attacks on legal aid. “Please do all you can,” he said. “It will make a difference to another Raphael Rowe sitting in a cell.”
The crowd cheered Ian Lawrence, general secretary of the
Solicitor Matt Foot closed the rally in
“We must take militant action. I think we can win.”