‘Failing Grayling’ could cost the Tories hundreds of thousands of votes – Left Foot Forward

Almost where he belongs: But Injustice Minister Chris Grayling should be behind bars - not in front of them.

Almost where he belongs: But Injustice Minister Chris Grayling should be behind bars – not in front of them.

According to Left Foot Forward: 82 per cent of people in the legal sector say they would be less likely to vote Conservative in the general election if justice secretary Chris Grayling is not removed from his post.

The poll was conducted by new social networking site www.mootis.co.uk which focuses on the legal services sector. Many of the 350,000 people working in this sector are traditional Tory voters.

Grayling was defeated at least seven times in the courtroom last year, over policies aimed at reducing compensation for asbestos victims, cutting legal aid and banning books in prison… [his] career has been marked by controversies, including a scandal over expenses claims and a botched set of statistics on violent crime. In 2010 he was named ‘Bigot of the Year’ by gay rights charity Stonewall after he was recorded saying that B&B owners should have the right to bar gay couples.

Grayling is the first Lord Chancellor in 440 years who is not a trained lawyer. Mootis Chairman Bill Braithwaite QC said that it was clear that the vast majority of legal sector workers ‘are fed up of Grayling and are prepared to turn their back on the Conservatives if he remains as Justice secretary’.

Hilary Meredith, CEO of Hilary Meredith Solicitors Ltd in London and Wilmslow said: “It is time for failing Grayling to go. He is the most inept Justice secretary in living memory. The vast majority of lawyers would accept that cuts needed to be made to the legal aid bill but the ham-fisted way in which he has gone about his business has made a mockery of our legal system.”

Meanwhile, former Tory MP Jerry Hayes has also laid into the Justice secretary over his attempts to limit access to judicial review. In an astonishing attack, Hayes described Grayling as “a s*** which will have to be flushed” after the election.

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8 thoughts on “‘Failing Grayling’ could cost the Tories hundreds of thousands of votes – Left Foot Forward

  1. jeffrey davies

    hum greyling taught by rtu ids how to take it away from the poor isnt much liked by his peers hum hum hum jeff3 whot about his mates damege thats killed many

  2. chopale

    Don’t vote Tory if you want real justice! And if you don’t vote Tory! Better still! There’s nothing more sinister than a head with a stamp on it! than being the judge -jury & executioner all in one! the Tory party are full of them.

  3. Samuel Miller (@Hephaestus7)

    Justice Secretary Chris Grayling is the greatest threat to democracy in Britain. Let’s examine his record. Almost every policy and legislative initiative has seen him re-balancing the law away from the individual and toward the state or other powerful vested interests like big corporations. Slashing legal aid, curtailing judicial review, making freedom of information requests more difficult, and introducing policies that have seen an 80 per cent fall in employment tribunals add up to a pretty toxic list of people’s rights curtailed.

  4. joanna may

    sorry Mike my keyboard went on the fritz! I was trying to respond to Samuel. By the way Mike, do you remember when at xmas I was left with no heating and hot water? Well it got fixed on the 27th December and Hull city council have paid me £200 in compensation!!
    And more good news I was turned down by the council’s doctor for a move on medical grounds, well an occupational therapist visited me and has gone over the doctor’s head and approved me for a one bedroomed bungalow, I currently live in a high rise and have done for 23yrs.

    The good new year will be complete when the coalition goes and hopefully to be replaced by Labour!!

  5. joanna may

    Mike if you get a chance read this,

    http://www.prisonreformtrust.org.uk/Portals/0/Documents/punishment%20without%20purpose%20FINAL2941007.pdf

    It is not up to any government to punish more than the courts have deemed fit, and how can anyone possibly expect a prisoner to demonstrate More than their sentence sets out, i.e. every prisoner has to help other prisoners, if was in prison I would be concentrating on myself, no-one else, that possibly would be the only way of surviving!

    Let me ask you this though Mike, How can someone be lord chancellor without being at least trained as a lawyer? It Should Not Happen!! IMO

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