Michael Gove appointed new Lord Chancellor

Beware the rise of the adopted hatchet-man.

Legal Aid Handbook

In the post-election reshuffle Chris Grayling has moved on from the MoJ. The new Secretary of State for Justice and Lord Chancellor is Michael Gove, the former education secretary and chief whip.

The Spectator suggests that his two key focuses will be implementing Conservative promises to replace the Human Rights Act, and to reduce both crime and the prison population. The Guardian reports that his brief will focus on “prisons, sentencing and criminal justice”. It isn’t known what views, if any, he has on legal aid, nor yet which justice minister will take specific responsibility for it in the new government.

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