Dame Anne Begg
Former Labour mp
Dame Anne Begg was Member of Parliament for Aberdeen South between 1997 and 2015. Prior to this Dame Anne was a teacher in Kirriemuir and Arbroath. She was appointed DBE in the 2011 New Year’s Honours List for services to disabled persons and equal opportunities.
Commenting on her appointment as a patron, Dame Anne said:
"I am delighted to become a Patron of the Aberdeen Law Project. One of the things I was actually conscious of when I was an MP was that access to good legal advice and help is crucial in making sure everyone has equal access to justice. However, for some people who don't qualify for Legal Aid, which has been cut in recent years, getting legal advice and help is beyond their ability to pay. The Aberdeen Law Project can – and does - help in these circumstances, while giving vital practical experience to the law students who are members of the Project. ALP also engages with local communities in Aberdeen, providing information and practical assistance, empowering those who might be faced with legal issues.
"I particularly like that the Aberdeen Law Project is student founded, led and operated. The work the project does is extremely impressive and valuable, helping and empowering those in need while giving the students experiences that will make them better lawyers when they go into practice. I really am pleased to have become involved."