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Fraud trial halted in legal aid row

A fraud trial has been halted because the defendants were unable to get legal representation following cuts to legal aid. The Prime Minister's brother, Alexander Cameron QC, argued "the state has failed to provide adequate representation".

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David Cameron's brother at heart of legal aid row

The Prime minister's brother, a leading barrister, stood at the centre of a row about legal aid cuts today.

David Cameron and his government faced embarrassment as a serious fraud trial collapsed after a judge accepted Alexander Cameron's claim that the defendants "could not receive a fair trial" as no barrister would represent them.

The PM brushed aside his brother's 'victory', saying it was simply part of the court process.

ITV News correspondent Juliet Bremner reports:

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