11 February 2017
Greater Manchester Green Parties' Mayoral Candidate Will Patterson attended the launch of the new Greater Manchester Law Centre on Saturday alongside patrons, the actress Maxine Peak and Michael Mansfield QC.
The Law Centre offers independent legal advice and representation to residents in all ten metropolitan boroughs in Greater Manchester, specialising in working with clients who cannot access legal help elsewhere - something both Will and Oldham & Saddleworth Green Party strongly support in the climate of welfare and legal aid cuts. Will had this to say about the event and the importance of the Centre's work:
"Access to legal aid and representation isn't just about legal justice, it's about social justice. Everyone in our community has the right to challenge unfairness and wrongdoing, and the work of the GMLC gives everyone the means to do that.
"That's particularly important when the people most in need of the Law Centre's services are faced with very powerful and wealthy opposition: whether it's irresponsible businesses infringing on people's rights as workers and as consumers, or, in many cases, the Government itself, as it reshapes the benefit system to punish the poor rather than address poverty.
"That's why I'm delighted by the opening of the Greater Manchester Law Centre, and I thank its volunteers for the amazing work they're doing – and it's why I welcome their campaign for a new generation of publically funded legal experts ready to support communities here in Greater Manchester and around the country."
The event was held at the West Indian Sports and Social Club on Westwood Street, Moss Side, on Saturday 11th February. Alongside guest speakers there were performances from Holy Name RC Primary School Steel Band, Spoken Word artists and DJ sets from Kemoy Walker.