David Lidington

The Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice

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Aylesbury Conservative

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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David Lidington generally voted for 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: David Lidington was absent for a vote on Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill — Second Reading Show vote
  • On 31 Oct 2011: David Lidington was absent for a vote on Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill — Definition of Domestic Abuse Used In Relation to Eligibility for Civil Legal Aid Show vote
  • On 31 Oct 2011: David Lidington was absent for a vote on Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill — Schedule 1 — Legal Aid in Clinical Negligence Cases Show vote
  • On 2 Nov 2011: David Lidington voted against making 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: David Lidington voted to reform legal aid, including removing it from some types of cases, to reform sentencing, and remand and to introduce new offences relating to threatening with a weapon. Show vote
  • On 17 Apr 2012: David Lidington voted not 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: David Lidington voted against making legal aid available in respect of social welfare decisions. Show vote
  • On 17 Apr 2012: David Lidington voted against making legal aid available to children in a wider range of cases. Show vote
  • On 5 Dec 2012: David Lidington voted to extend legal aid to certain welfare appeals and certain international child benefit recovery cases. Show vote
  • On 5 Dec 2012: David Lidington voted to approve proposed criteria for determining if legal aid is to be awarded in particular circumstances. Show vote
  • On 22 Jan 2014: David Lidington voted in favour of legal aid only being provided in cases assessed to have a greater than "borderline" chance of success. Show vote
  • On 9 Jul 2014: David Lidington was absent for a vote on Draft Civil Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (Amendment of Schedule 1) Order 2014 — Residence Test for Legal Aid Eligibility Show vote

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