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Independent menace

Solicitor advocate Lionel Blackman tells John van der Luit-Drummond why he felt compelled to stand against the Lord Chancellor as an independent candidate in the general election following fears a Conservative government would scrap Labour’s Human Rights Act

28 April 2015

‘It’s a petty, mean-minded, short-sighted policy to say, “Let’s scrap it”,’ says solicitor advocate Lionel Blackman the day after the Conservative party launched its election manifesto, pledging to scrap the Human Rights Act (HRA), and curtail the role of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR).

While many of the legal profession took to social media to condemn Tory proposals that would effectively break the formal link between the British courts and Strasbourg, Blackman – a criminal lawyer and human rights campaigner – is putting his money where his mouth is by standing in the general election against the Lord Chancellor, Chris Grayling, in his home constituency of Epsom and Ewell.

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