Justice Secretary: Legal aid 'not for foreigners'

Legal aid should not be used by foreigners to fight British court cases, the Justice Secretary has said.

Justice Secretary Chris Grayling wants to stop foreigners having access to legal aid Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

Chris Grayling cites the case of one firm, Public Interest Lawyers, which used taxpayers' money to bring cases on behalf of Iraqi citizens against British troops.

Writing in the Daily Telegraph, Mr Grayling says the Government will change the rules so only those who are resident in the UK and have been living here for at least a year are eligible.