Jeremy Corbyn

Former MP, Islington North

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Islington North Labour

Legal Aid

There have been votes in Parliament on the subject of eligibility for legal aid. Matters which have been voted on include means testing, if aid should be generally restricted to those residing in the UK, and which legal services should be funded by legal aid.

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Jeremy Corbyn almost always voted against restricting the scope of legal aid

TheyWorkForYou has automatically calculated this MP’s stance based on all of their votes on the topic. You can browse the source data on PublicWhip.org.uk.

All votes about restricting the scope of legal aid:

  • On 29 Jun 2011: Jeremy Corbyn voted against reforming reform legal aid, against removing it from some types of cases, against sentencing and remand reforms and not to introduce new offences relating to threatening with a weapon. Show vote
  • On 31 Oct 2011: Jeremy Corbyn voted to explicitly include threats plus financial and emotional abuse in the definition of domestic abuse used in relation to the award of civil legal aid to domestic abuse victims. Show vote
  • On 31 Oct 2011: Jeremy Corbyn voted to make legal aid available in clinical negligence cases. Show vote
  • On 2 Nov 2011: Jeremy Corbyn voted to make legal aid available to cover the entirety of assistance required where people are deemed to have complex, interconnected needs, some of which do not usually attract aid. Show vote
  • On 2 Nov 2011: Jeremy Corbyn voted against reforming reform legal aid, against removing it from some types of cases, against sentencing and remand reforms and not to introduce new offences relating to threatening with a weapon. Show vote
  • On 17 Apr 2012: Jeremy Corbyn voted to require the Lord Chancellor to ensure that, subject to resources, individuals have access to legal services that effectively meet their needs. Show vote
  • On 17 Apr 2012: Jeremy Corbyn voted to make legal aid available in respect of social welfare decisions. Show vote
  • On 17 Apr 2012: Jeremy Corbyn voted to make legal aid available to children in a wider range of cases. Show vote
  • On 5 Dec 2012: Jeremy Corbyn voted not to extend legal aid to certain welfare appeals and certain international child benefit recovery cases. Show vote
  • On 5 Dec 2012: Jeremy Corbyn voted against proposed criteria for determining if legal aid is to be awarded in particular circumstances. Show vote
  • On 22 Jan 2014: Jeremy Corbyn voted against legal aid only being provided in cases assessed to have a greater than "borderline" chance of success. Show vote
  • On 9 Jul 2014: Jeremy Corbyn voted against a residence test as an eligibility criteria for civil legal aid; subject to exceptions for refugees and those who have sought asylum. Show vote

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