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Monday, 10 September 2012

Lord Chancellor in the Times

I have been published in the Times this morning, on the subject of the appointment of Chris Grayling as Lord Chancellor.  One correspondent observed last week that the Constitutional Reform Act requires a prospective candidate to be someone who "appears to the Prime Minister to be qualified by experience", and since Grayling has no legal experience at all, his appointment must be void.  I added (with thanks to Alex Horne):

Your correspondents (07 September) are correct that Mr Chris Grayling lacks the qualifications required for the post of Lord Chancellor. In its initial press release announcing Mr Grayling’s appointment as Justice Secretary (http://www.justice.gov.uk/news/features/new-secretary-of-state-announced), the Ministry of Justice did not even mention that he also held the post of Lord Chancellor. Perhaps Mr Cameron was not so much badly advised, as not advised at all.

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