Jeremy Corbyn pledged that Labour would “support and defend the principle of legal aid” in a speech last night.
Speaking at a Justice Alliance rally at Conway Hall in London, he said that serious miscarriages of justice were taking place every day due to legal aid cuts imposed by the coalition government.
He said: “The opportunity to be represented at employment tribunals has gone. It’s a denial of justice. I would not say that legal aid is an economic benefit, it’s a basic human right.”
Corbin also decried the media “myth” that legal aid lawyers were ‘fat cats’ and said that society should value the “very hardworking, underpaid and often young solicitors doing their bit to put something back into society”.