Ministers set to drop plans over ‘right to a lawyer’
McNally signals climbdown in dramatic intervention in late-night Lords debateBy Frederika Whitehead | 26 January 2012
The minister has given a clear indication that the government will withdraw the proposal
Lord Macdonald, former director of public prosecutions
Ministers are planning to back down on proposals to limit people’s right to a lawyer when accused of a crime in the UK.
The government is re-drafting the proposed legislation after Lord McNally, justice minister, indicated during a late-night debate in the House of Lords that it was preparing a climbdown over the issue.