Early day motion 795

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MCKENZIE FRIENDS

That this House notes that following the cuts in legal aid provision there has been an increase in people representing themselves in court with the assistance of a McKenzie Friend; understands that a McKenzie Friend is usually a non-lawyer and is often a friend or colleague of the litigant in person, who accompanies them to a court hearing for the purpose of assisting them in matters such as taking notes, organising documents and quietly making suggestions; recognises that McKenzie Friends can be a helpful presence for those experiencing court proceedings for the first time; believes, however, that they are a poor substitute for proper legal advice and representation from a qualified lawyer; is concerned that vulnerable families and individuals could be taken advantage of by unqualified people who charge for their services or who may have a political agenda; is alarmed that professionals report anecdotal evidence of a recent incident of a paid McKenzie Friend, who acted for a number of vulnerable women, who was subsequently found to have a substantial criminal record; and calls on the Government to create a suitable framework for the oversight and regulation of McKenzie Friends.

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Name Party Constituency Date Signed
Anderson, David Labour Party Blaydon 24.02.2015
Campbell, Ronnie Labour Party Blyth Valley 25.02.2015
Caton, Martin Labour Party Gower 24.02.2015
Corbyn, Jeremy Labour Party Islington North 12.02.2015
Crausby, David Labour Party Bolton North East 23.02.2015
Edwards, Jonathan Plaid Cymru Carmarthen East and Dinefwr 23.02.2015
Evans, Nigel Conservative Party Ribble Valley 23.02.2015
Flynn, Paul Labour Party Newport West 24.02.2015
Galloway, George Respect Bradford West 06.03.2015
Hancock, Mike INDEPENDENT Portsmouth South 23.02.2015
Hermon, Lady INDEPENDENT North Down 23.02.2015
Hopkins, Kelvin Labour Party Luton North 23.02.2015
Lavery, Ian Labour Party Wansbeck 11.02.2015
Llwyd, Elfyn Plaid Cymru Dwyfor Meirionnydd 11.02.2015
Lucas, Caroline Green Party Brighton Pavilion 03.03.2015
McDonnell, John Labour Party Hayes and Harlington 11.02.2015
McInnes, Liz Labour Party Heywood and Middleton 12.02.2015
Meale, Alan Labour Party Mansfield 23.02.2015
Morden, Jessica Labour Party Newport East 11.02.2015
Morris, Grahame M Labour Party Easington 23.03.2015
Shannon, Jim Democratic Unionist Party Strangford 12.02.2015
Sharma, Virendra Labour Party Ealing Southall 23.02.2015
Skinner, Dennis Labour Party Bolsover 23.02.2015