Sleaze in spotlight as Labour's top lawyer gives lecture
THE Labour Party's chief solicitor for more than 20 years will tackle the question of Parliamentary sleaze head-on in a free public talk at the University of Derby.
Gerald Shamash has been the Labour Party's solicitor since 1990 and has advised ministers of the Tony Blair and Gordon Brown governments on national legislative issues.
More recently, he has represented party politicians embroiled in phone-hacking, cash for honours and expenses questions. His talk – entitled "Phone hacking, cash for honours, parliamentary expenses, election-fixing – can we ever trust again?" – will be given at the University of Derby's main Kedleston Road campus tomorrow.
The free public lecture is aimed at a general audience as well as legal professionals and has been organised by the university's school of law and criminology as the first annual Denman Lecture.
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It is named after Baron Thomas Denman, a renowned 19th-century lawyer who defended the workers who smashed textile mill machines to defend their jobs, known as the Luddites, and went on to become Attorney General and Lord Chief Justice.
Kevin Bampton, university head of the school of law and criminology, said: "It's an honour for the University of Derby to have somebody of Gerald Shamash's standing come and speak here.
"For more than 20 years he has been in the thick of really big political issues, such as election law and boundary reforms. Gerald continues to be on the front line today and his talk promises to get to the heart of what Parliament must now do to restore its battered reputation with the public."
To book a place at the lecture, visit www.derby.ac.uk/law/events/denman, contact the school of law and criminology on Derby 592191 or e-mail j.drummond.child@ derby.ac.uk.