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REFORM OF LEGAL AID

EDM (Early Day Motion) 36: tabled on 08 May 2013

Tabled in the 2013-14 session.

This motion has been signed by 103 Members. It has received 1 amendment.

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Motion text

That this House deplores the Government's intention to award legal aid franchises to a limited number of contractors, effectively abolishing a client's right to choose their legal representation; notes that this will reduce the quality of legal representation to the lowest standard possible; further notes the fact that firms currently compete on quality of service and will henceforth be required to compete on the basis of price; regrets the damning effect which this further reform of legal aid is likely to have on high street solicitors firms who are likely to either close or abandon legal aid cases; further notes that this will have a very detrimental effect on the provision of services through the medium of the Welsh language; further notes that this will create vast advice deserts in many rural areas; further regrets the departure from the principle of equality of arms before the law and the rights of all citizens to access to justice; and calls on the Government to abandon this ill-thought through reform immediately.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

Abbott, Ms Diane
Labour
Signed on 19 March 2014
Hackney North and Stoke Newington
Anderson, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 14 May 2013
Blaydon
Barron, Mr Kevin
Labour
Signed on 15 May 2013
Rother Valley
Blomfield, Paul
Labour
Signed on 14 May 2013
Sheffield Central
Brown, Mr Nicholas
Labour
Signed on 21 May 2013
Newcastle upon Tyne East
Burden, Richard
Labour
Signed on 16 May 2013
Birmingham, Northfield
Campbell, Mr Ronnie
Labour
Signed on 3 June 2013
Blyth Valley
Caton, Martin
Labour
Signed on 15 May 2013
Gower
Champion, Sarah
Labour
Signed on 14 May 2013
Rotherham
Clark, Katy
Labour
Signed on 14 May 2013
North Ayrshire and Arran
Clarke, Mr Tom
Labour
Signed on 14 May 2013
Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill
Connarty, Michael
Labour
Signed on 6 June 2013
Linlithgow and East Falkirk
Cooper, Rosie
Labour
Signed on 20 May 2013
West Lancashire
Crausby, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 21 May 2013
Bolton North East
Cryer, John
Labour
Signed on 13 May 2013
Leyton and Wanstead
Cunningham, Alex
Labour
Signed on 16 July 2013
Stockton North
Cunningham, Sir Tony
Labour
Signed on 20 June 2013
Workington
Davies, Geraint
Labour
Signed on 14 May 2013
Swansea West
Dobbin, Jim
Labour
Signed on 13 May 2013
Heywood and Middleton
Dobson, Frank
Labour
Signed on 15 May 2013
Holborn and St Pancras
Doran, Mr Frank
Labour
Signed on 12 June 2013
Aberdeen North
Dowd, Jim
Labour
Signed on 5 June 2013
Lewisham West and Penge
Durkan, Mark
Social Democratic & Labour Party
Signed on 10 June 2013
Foyle
Ellman, Mrs Louise
Labour
Signed on 3 June 2013
Liverpool, Riverside
Engel, Natascha
Labour
Signed on 15 May 2013
North East Derbyshire
Esterson, Bill
Labour
Signed on 15 May 2013
Sefton Central
Evans, Chris
Labour
Signed on 15 May 2013
Islwyn
Farrelly, Paul
Labour
Signed on 17 July 2013
Newcastle-under-Lyme
Field, Mr Frank
Labour
Signed on 20 May 2013
Birkenhead
Flynn, Paul
Labour
Signed on 14 May 2013
Newport West
Galloway, Mr George
Respect
Signed on 24 June 2013
Bradford West
Gapes, Mike
Labour
Signed on 10 June 2013
Ilford South
Gardiner, Barry
Labour
Signed on 4 June 2013
Brent North
George, Andrew
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 15 May 2013
St Ives
Gilmore, Sheila
Labour
Signed on 15 May 2013
Edinburgh East
Glass, Pat
Labour
Signed on 14 May 2013
North West Durham
Glindon, Mrs Mary
Labour
Signed on 14 May 2013
North Tyneside
Godsiff, Mr Roger
Labour
Signed on 20 May 2013
Birmingham, Hall Green
Griffith, Nia
Labour
Signed on 6 June 2013
Llanelli
Hain, Mr Peter
Labour
Signed on 5 June 2013
Neath
Hamilton, Fabian
Labour
Signed on 3 June 2013
Leeds North East
Havard, Mr Dai
Labour
Signed on 19 June 2013
Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney
Hepburn, Mr Stephen
Labour
Signed on 3 June 2013
Jarrow
Hoey, Kate
Labour
Signed on 15 May 2013
Vauxhall
Howarth, Mr George
Labour
Signed on 13 May 2013
Knowsley
Jackson, Glenda
Labour
Signed on 15 May 2013
Hampstead and Kilburn
Jowell, Dame Tessa
Labour
Signed on 26 June 2013
Dulwich and West Norwood
Kaufman, Sir Gerald
Labour
Signed on 14 May 2013
Manchester, Gorton
Lammy, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 20 May 2013
Tottenham
Lavery, Ian
Labour
Signed on 14 May 2013
Wansbeck
Leech, Mr John
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 14 May 2013
Manchester, Withington
Long, Naomi
Alliance
Signed on 19 June 2013
Belfast East
Love, Mr Andrew
Labour
Signed on 15 May 2013
Edmonton
Lucas, Caroline
Green Party
Signed on 14 May 2013
Brighton, Pavilion
Mann, John
Labour
Signed on 14 May 2013
Bassetlaw
McCabe, Steve
Labour
Signed on 14 May 2013
Birmingham, Selly Oak
McDonald, Andy
Labour
Signed on 15 May 2013
Middlesbrough
McDonnell, Dr Alasdair
Social Democratic & Labour Party
Signed on 11 September 2013
Belfast South
Meacher, Mr Michael
Labour
Signed on 3 June 2013
Oldham West and Royton
Meale, Sir Alan
Labour
Signed on 14 May 2013
Mansfield
Mearns, Ian
Labour
Signed on 14 May 2013
Gateshead
Miller, Andrew
Labour
Signed on 12 June 2013
Ellesmere Port and Neston
Morden, Jessica
Labour
Signed on 3 June 2013
Newport East
Morrice, Graeme
Labour
Signed on 14 May 2013
Livingston
Morris, Grahame M.
Labour
Signed on 14 May 2013
Easington
Mudie, Mr George
Labour
Signed on 15 May 2013
Leeds East
Murphy, Paul
Labour
Signed on 19 June 2013
Torfaen
Nash, Pamela
Labour
Signed on 15 May 2013
Airdrie and Shotts
Owen, Albert
Labour
Signed on 15 May 2013
Ynys Môn
Pearce, Teresa
Labour
Signed on 9 July 2013
Erith and Thamesmead
Powell, Lucy
Labour
Signed on 4 June 2013
Manchester Central
Qureshi, Yasmin
Labour
Signed on 15 May 2013
Bolton South East
Riordan, Mrs Linda
Labour
Signed on 14 May 2013
Halifax
Ritchie, Ms Margaret
Social Democratic & Labour Party
Signed on 15 May 2013
South Down
Robertson, John
Labour
Signed on 15 May 2013
Glasgow North West
Rotheram, Steve
Labour
Signed on 14 May 2013
Liverpool, Walton
Roy, Lindsay
Labour
Signed on 14 May 2013
Glenrothes
Ruane, Chris
Labour
Signed on 14 May 2013
Vale of Clwyd
Ruddock, Dame Joan
Labour
Signed on 5 June 2013
Lewisham, Deptford
Sanders, Mr Adrian
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 20 May 2013
Torbay
Sawford, Andy
Labour
Signed on 14 May 2013
Corby
Sharma, Mr Virendra
Labour
Signed on 15 May 2013
Ealing, Southall
Sheerman, Mr Barry
Labour
Signed on 11 June 2013
Huddersfield
Sheridan, Jim
Labour
Signed on 17 July 2013
Paisley and Renfrewshire North
Skinner, Mr Dennis
Labour
Signed on 14 May 2013
Bolsover
Tami, Mark
Labour
Signed on 3 June 2013
Alyn and Deeside
Turner, Karl
Labour
Signed on 14 May 2013
Kingston upon Hull East
Vaz, Keith
Labour
Signed on 14 May 2013
Leicester East
Vaz, Valerie
Labour
Signed on 14 May 2013
Walsall South
Watts, Mr Dave
Labour
Signed on 15 May 2013
St Helens North
Williams, Roger
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 19 June 2013
Brecon and Radnorshire
Wilson, Sammy
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 25 June 2013
East Antrim
Winnick, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 14 May 2013
Walsall North
Wood, Mike
Labour
Signed on 15 May 2013
Batley and Spen
Woodward, Mr Shaun
Labour
Signed on 11 June 2013
St Helens South and Whiston
Wright, David
Labour
Signed on 4 June 2013
Telford

These members had previously signed the motion, but have now withdrawn their support. The date shown is when the Member withdrew their signature from the motion.

After a motion has been tabled, other Members can table amendments to it. Amendments to this motion are shown below.

REFORM OF LEGAL AID (Amendment 1)
leave out from 'House' to 'intention' and insert, 'urges the Government to reconsider its'.
Liberal Democrat, Colchester
7
signatures
EDM 36A1: tabled on 15 May 2013