John Garrett, "the most effective Parliamentary reformer of his generation" (the Independent),
was Member of Parliament for Norwich South from 1974–1983 and 1987–1997. He died in 2007.
This is the sixth in an annual series of lectures established in his memory.


John Garrett Memorial Lecture 2015

Michael Mansfield QC – Promises, promises - democratic bankruptcy

Date: Friday 27 February 2015

Time: 7pm

Venue: Thomas Paine Study Centre Lecture Theatre, UEA

Free to attend - everyone welcome.

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About Michael Mansfield: Michael Mansfield QC was born in 1941 and educated at Highgate School and Keele University. Called to the Bar in 1967, he established Tooks Chambers, in 1984 and became Queen's Counsel in 1989. Michael has represented defendants in criminal trials, appeals and inquiries in some of the most controversial legal cases the country has seen, particularly where issues of Civil Liberty have arisen.

Barry George, accused of killing TV presenter Jill Dando; the family of Stephen Lawrence both in the private prosecution for murder and the Public Inquiry and the families of victims at the Bloody Sunday Inquiry in Derry and London. He also chaired an Inquiry into the "Shoot to Kill" policy in the North of Ireland at Cullyhanna.

More recently he has successfully represented, Fatmir Limaj, the Deputy Prime Minister of Kosovo at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in The Hague; successfully represented clients in the notable "Ricin" Trial, and "Shaken Baby" Appeals and Nabeel Hussain in the so-called "Fertiliser plot" trial; has acted for the family of Jean Charles de Menezes, shot by the Metropolitan Police in 2005 and Mohammed Al Fayed in his pursuit of the truth surrounding the death of his son, Dodi, and Princess Diana in Paris in 1997 as well as being involved in helping the family of solicitor Patrick Finucane, shot by agents of the British state, to seek a public judicial inquiry. Currently representing the family of Laurence Rush whose wife was killed in the Omagh bombing in his action against the Police in Northern Ireland and the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.

Michael has represented many families at Inquests, including Tom Hurndall and James Miller, two British journalists murdered by the Israeli army, the Marchioness Disaster, the Deptford/New Cross Fire; the Lockerbie/ Dublin Monaghan bombings, and Michael Barrymore.

Supported by the Norwich Labour Party