Families of the victims of the Birmingham pub bombings have had a request for legal aid granted just days before inquest proceedings into the 1974 terror attacks are due to get under way.
Pub Bombings Protest Outside Tory Conference
Campaigners have told Heart that new inquests into the deaths of the 21 people who died in the Birmingham Pub Bombings will be pointless if they can't pay for lawyers.
Justice for the 21 were refused funding from the Home Secretary Amber Rudd and are still waiting for an answer on whether they'll get legal aid from the Legal Aid Agency
They're hoping a protest outside the Tory party conference in Birmingham later will force an answer.
Jess Phillips MP will be there to help the families collect signatures.
Julie Hambleton, whose sister Maxine died in the bombings, says ''21 people were murdered in Birmingham nearly 42 years ago and here we are, still having to fight tooth and nail for what should be given as a 'right' for justice, truth & accountability. ''
''We have the support of the Prime Minister, the Home Secretary and a list of cross party MPs who all agree we should be given Exceptional funding via the Legal Aid Agency.
Our legal team applied for this months ago, yet here we are still waiting. Isn't 42 years long enough?''
A drug dealer from Birmingham who went on the run almost a decade's been jailed for more than 4 and a half years.
Kenichi Philips was shot dead as he sat in a parked car in Ladywood in March.
Jamaican born Douane Brown will spend at least 21 years in jail for the killing.
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