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Parliamentarian and former barrister Geoff Hoon MP has defended the Governments funding of legal aid in a speech at Nottingham Law School today (7 March).
The Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury and chief whip faced tough questions from students about the legal aid budget during his talk at at the law school. But Hoon, who practised as a barrister in the City, made a strong defence of government policy saying it had to offer taxpayers value for money.
The event was organised by Keith Gaines, dean of Nottingham Law School, and attended by undergraduates and postgraduates from a range of courses.
School spokesman Matt Wallace said: It went very well. To have a member of parliament come in and talk was a real honour.
Hoon was called to the Bar by Grays Inn in 1978 after studying at Jesus College, Cambridge. He went on to lecture law at Leeds University and practised as a barrister in Nottingham before entering the political arena.
He told students a number of anecdotes about his time in the profession, including the case of a homeless man accused of theft. Hoon spent hours preparing a not guilty plea only to be told by the barrister leading the case that the man wanted to plead guilty in order to spent Christmas in prison.