Stephen Lawrence lawyer backs socialist candidate in London elections
Imran Khan (1), the solicitor who has represented the Stephen Lawrence family since his murder in 1993, has given his support to socialist barrister Nick Wrack in his bid to get elected to the London Assembly.
Wrack (2), who works at the Tooks Chambers headed by Mike Mansfield Q.C., is second on the list of candidates being presented by the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (3) for the London elections on 3 May. The lead candidate is the RMT rail union president Alex Gordon. For Wrack to be elected TUSC would need to reach ten per cent. TUSC is a relatively new party and is hoping to get more than five per cent to get at least one candidate on to the Assembly.
Imran Khan said:
“I have known Nick Wrack for well over a decade and know that if he is elected he will be a real fighter for justice and civil liberties. He is a committed socialist and anti-racist who can be relied on to stand up for those he represents. We need to support candidates who will not accept the consensus that makes ordinary people pay for this terrible crisis that they did not cause.”
Nick Wrack said:
“I very much hope that we can get our lead candidate Alex Gordon elected. It would take an exceptional vote for me to get elected as well but these are exceptional times. There is a huge amount of anger with the government’s austerity policies. But there’s also a lot of anger from trade union members and many others towards Labour for its endorsement of the cuts, the pay freeze, privatisation and its embrace of the market.”
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Notes to editors:
(1) Imran Khan is the senior partner at Imran Khan and Partners solicitors firm. He is one of the best-known human rights and criminal lawyers in the UK. His work representing the parents of Stephen Lawrence, who was stabbed to death in 1993, brought him to national and international attention and led to the establishment of the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry.
His later representation of the families of Victoria Climbie and Zahid Mubarek, and the public inquiries into their deaths, led to substantial social change regarding the care of children and prisoners in the UK. Imran Khan has lectured nationally and internationally on human rights and criminal law and written extensively on the subject.
(2) Nick Wrack is a part of an impressive list of leading trade unionists and campaigners for TUSC in London. See:http://www.tusc.org.uk/candidates.php
(3) The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition stands in opposition to public spending cuts and privatisation, calls for investment in public services, public ownership and control of the major utilities and the repeal of the anti-trade union laws. For more information see: http://www.tusc.org.uk/ . In London TUSC is standing only in the London-wide list section for the London Assembly Elections. It is not contesting for mayor or in the constituency section. See: http://www.tusc.org.uk/london_tusc.php