Monthly Archives: November 2013

Dear Mr Clegg, you’ve got mail!

This morning  we delivered around 3,000 postcards to Nick Clegg at Lib Dem HQ. Each contains a personal message to the Deputy Prime Minister, expressing concern about the government’s proposed changes to legal aid and judicial review. Each postcard calls on Nick Clegg to take a stand to defend access to justice.

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The postcards are signed by concerned citizens from all walks of life, and from every corner of the United Kingdom: pensioners, sixth formers, school children, GPs and other NHS health professionals, university students from Oxford, Lancaster, York, Bristol, London, and many, many universities up and down the country, Rabbis and members of liberal Jewish groups, Reverends, Quakers, members of choirs, amateur dramatics groups, book clubs, netball teams, film producers, designers, professional musicians, charity workers, social workers, youth workers, engineers. Here is a map showing where the postcards have been sent from.

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Nick Clegg’s party members, his constituents, several MPs, and several notable public figures including Baroness Lawrence, Emma Thompson, Ken Loach, Noam Chomsky have also signed cards.

This campaign was launched only a few weeks ago. The response in such a short time has been impressive. Thanks to volunteer Justice Ambassadors word has spread across the UK about the damage that the proposed changes will do to the British justice system and the fabric of our society. For many, legal aid makes the difference between homelessness and a roof over their head, between abuse or exploitation and safety, between being wrongly separated from their family and having a family, between having the support they need to have a fair start in life, and being denied that support and the opportunity for equality it brings, between poverty, desperation, and hope.

The message to Nick Clegg is clear: it is time he stood up to defend access to justice for everyone.

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Postcard for Justice signed in the House of Lords

Two of the thousands of postcards that Nick Clegg will be receiving tomorrow morning were signed this afternoon in the House of Lords. One  was signed by Baroness Doreen Lawrence, mother of Stephen Lawrence, who was made a life peer in 2013. If anyone knows the value of legal aid, it is her. The lawyer who has represented her family since Stephen’s murder in 1993 has warned that legal aid cuts planned by the Government will be a “disaster” for black Londoners. Labour’s  Shadow Lord Chancellor and Shadow Secretary of State for Justice Sadiq Khan MP has said that without legal aid the killers of Stephen Lawrence would be free.

Baroness Lawrence
Baroness Lawrence

Another peer signing a postcard to Nick Clegg is Lord Roberts of Llandudno who speaks on migration, youth unemployment and Welsh affairs for the Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords.

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Lord Roberts of Llandudno

Skin and Bianca Jagger sign Postcards for Justice

We are delighted that Skin, lead singer from Skunk Anansie, has joined 1,000s of people in signing a postcard to Nick Clegg. Skin is a leading supporter of the campaign recently launched by Eaves Charity, the UK’s leading charity supporting female victims of trafficking, calling for major reforms to be included in a Modern Slavery Bill the government is currently writing.

Skin
Skin

Human rights defender Bianca Jagger has been among our most high profile supporters supporters since the outset of the campaign. She spoke at the demonstration held outside the Ministry of Justice on 4th June 2013, and appeared on a live debate on Channel 4 news that evening on the legal aid changes. Here she is signing her postcard for justice.

Bianca Jagger
Bianca Jagger

It’s not too late to join us! ….

Email us on savejusticeuk@gmail.com if you would like to get involved.

More celebrity signings

One of the main aims of the Postcards for Justice campaign is to show Nick Clegg that it is not just lawyers who care about legal aid, judicial review and the state of the justice system in our country. The changes that the government are proposing matter to us all.

Some of the most well known public figures from the arts world have signed a postcard to show their concern too. Join them!

Juliet Stevenson

Juliet Stevenson
Juliet Stevenson

Josie Long

Josie Long
Josie Long

Ken Loach

Ken Loach
Ken Loach

Michael Mansfield QC

Michael Mansfield QC
Michael Mansfield QC

To see who else has has signed a Postcard for Justice have a look at our previous posts here and here.

Watch this space!

We are working on uploading a bigger gallery of photos of justice ambassadors and people from up and down the UK signing their postcards to Nick Clegg. Watch this space, and in the meantime please carry on sending us your photos, tweeting them or sharing them on facebook. And if you haven’t signed a postcard yet yourself, please just email us and we’ll fix that right away!