As barristers in England and Wales walked out for only the second time in history, protesters representing professions across the justice sector met outside Parliament to send a message to Chris Grayling. Legal Aid Watch was there to cover events as they happened. We have chosen some of our favourite images that capture the mood of the day.
Protesters gathered outside Parliament from 9.30 am. Many barristers came dressed in gowns and wigs, armed with placards and a looming caricature puppet of Chris Grayling.
Reflecting the tone of the day, many of the placard on show targeted Chris Grayling personally – a sentiment which would be featured in many of the speeches.
The effigy of Chris Grayling was a constant presence throughout the speeches.
The speakers were a mix of legal professionals and members of the public who had reasons to value legal aid.
Francis Nettles (pictured) told the crowd how he avoided being wrongly convicted thanks to legal aid, after complaining about noise outside his house.
“When you have blind ambition and wilful ignorance, you have Chris Grayling.”
Sadiq Khan, Shadow Secretary of State for Justice, was met with a mixed reception as he underlined the Labour party’s opposition to legal aid cuts.
Voices from the back of the crowd were heard shouting: “Your government did the same!”
As the speeches ended, the protest mobilised. With placards raised, they marched past Westminster Abbey.
Reflecting the range of speakers, those marching had many differing reasons for standing up for legal aid
The protest passed the Supreme Court before going on to make it’s presence felt outside the Ministry of Justice.
Richard Moran (@RichardMMoran)
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