Celebrity lawyer Nick Freeman has hit back at John Leech MP, who has accused him of “cultural insensitivity”, after saying pedestrians would be safer if they wore reflective clothing at night.
Mr Freeman’s comments came after the sentencing of his client, Simon Martins, who pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving, after his car struck 82-year-old Orthodox Jewish rabbi Hyman Steinberg.
Martins was given an 8 month jail sentence suspended for two years. He was ordered to carry out 300 hours of unpaid work.
After sentencing, Mr Freeman said if Mr Steinberg had been wearing something reflective, then he might not have been hit.
Withington MP John Leech said he was “appalled” by Mr Freeman’s comments and accused him of “cultural insensitivity”.
Mr Freeman responded, saying: “With a general election 12 months away, it’s clear he has made these politically-motivated comments in order to boost his profile and help shore up his wafer-thin majority.
“I can assure Mr Leech that this is not in any way ‘cultural insensitivity’ [...]
"My comments are pertinent to men and women of all colours and creeds and, in case he is not aware, I too am Jewish, so I’m hardly likely to denigrate my own culture.
"Being visible at night will help reduce accidents and potentially save lives, something his governmental department should be supporting.”
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