The shadow justice secretary has dismissed the government?s partial U-turns on domestic violence and clinical negligence as a ?smokescreen? to avert losing votes on the reforms in the House of Lords. The government announced yesterday that it had tabled amendments to the Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill retaining legal aid for clinical negligence obstetric cases and adopting a wider definition of domestic violence.

The concessions came less than a week before the bill begins its report stage in the House of Lords.

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