Liam Byrne

Labour MP for Birmingham, Hodge Hill

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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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Liam Byrne generally 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.

Key votes about restricting the scope of legal aid:

  • On 26 Apr 2022: Liam Byrne was absent for a vote on Judicial Review and Courts Bill — After Clause 42 — Publicly Funded Legal Representation for Bereaved People at Certain Inquests Show vote
  • On 25 Jan 2022: Liam Byrne voted to provide publicly funded legal representation for bereaved people at inquests where a public body has a connection to the case. Show vote
  • On 9 Jul 2014: Liam Byrne 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
  • On 22 Jan 2014: Liam Byrne was absent for a vote on Civil Legal Aid (Merits Criteria) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations — Legal Aid In Cases With Borderline Prospect of Success Show vote
  • On 5 Dec 2012: Liam Byrne was absent for a vote on Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (Amendment of Schedule 1) Order 2012 — Extension of Legal Aid to Certain Welfare Appeals and Certain International Child Benefit Recovery Cases Show vote
  • On 5 Dec 2012: Liam Byrne was absent for a vote on Civil Legal Aid (Merits Criteria) Regulations 2012 Show vote
  • On 17 Apr 2012: Liam Byrne was absent for a vote on Legal Aid, Sentencing & Punishment of Offenders Bill — Ensure Individuals Have Access to Legal Services They Need Show vote
  • On 17 Apr 2012: Liam Byrne was absent for a vote on Legal Aid, Sentencing & Punishment of Offenders Bill — Legal Aid for Social Welfare Law Show vote
  • On 17 Apr 2012: Liam Byrne was absent for a vote on Legal Aid, Sentencing & Punishment of Offenders Bill — Legal Aid for children Show vote
  • On 2 Nov 2011: Liam Byrne 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: Liam Byrne 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: Liam Byrne 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: Liam Byrne voted to make legal aid available in clinical negligence cases. Show vote
  • On 29 Jun 2011: Liam Byrne 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

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