Legal aid cuts 'undermine law'

The country's top judge has warned that cuts to legal aid are undermining the rule of law, and people's belief in government and "the whole democratic system." Lord Neuberger also said Theresa May's recent attack was "unfortunate."

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UK's most senior judge hits out at Home Secretary

The UK's most senior judge, Lord Neuberger, President of the Supreme Court, in his robes.
The UK's most senior judge, Lord Neuberger, President of the Supreme Court, in his robes. Credit: Press Association

The UK's most senior judge said it was "unfortunate" that Home Secretary Theresa May had attacked judges when discussing human rights and deportation.

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But Lord Neuberger, President of the Supreme Court, said he would not get into a "slanging" match with Mrs May, though he did say he thought "attacking judges" was not a sensible way for politicians to proceed. Speaking on BBC Radio 4's Law in Action programme he said:

"It is unfortunate that the Home Secretary has acted and spoken as she has done."