Stephen Timms, Member of Parliament for East Ham, last week voted against the new Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill.
In the second reading of the Bill in the House of Commons, Shadow Justice Secretary, Sadiq Khan, said the bill demonstrated that “...budget-cutting is taking priority over the best interests of our justice system.” Linda Lee, President of the Law Society, has argued that the proposals would be a “disaster for the public” because they would prevent people from turning to the justice system.
After the second reading of the bill, Mr Timms commented:
“I have campaigned against these reforms. I am particularly alarmed that funding for welfare advice is being cut, just at the moment when the welfare system is about to be radically changed – and many more people are going to need advice.”