The MP also highlighted the case of a woman from Acock's Green who cannot be named, who fought attempts to take her baby away from her with support from an advisor known as a Mackenzie Friend
, funded by Mr Hemming.
I am Mackenzie friend
(a lay person whom a prisoner can appoint to help them with legal matters - the name comes from a 1970 case) for Michael O'Brien, now onCwing, no 114.
He had acted for them in court as an 'adviser' and a Mackenzie Friend
- a lay person allowed to help a member of the public conduct a case before a judge.
I am part of a group called The Mackenzie Friends
, which helps people prepare their means statements when they are in debt, so that the magistrate makes the right decision about the size of their fine.