Poppi Worthington’s father received £25k in legal aid to fight inquest

Poppi Worthington's father received £25k in legal aid to fight inquest

 The coroner asked the Crown Prosecution Service to review his findings, but prosecutors still insist that the police blunders means that there is insufficient evidence to put before a jury.

Mr Worthington, a former supermarket worker, then received taxpayer support when he attempted to take the coroner to judicial review, a request which was denied in December.

The bill for that has not yet been submitted to the Legal Aid Agency.

The news renewed calls for a public inquiry into Poppi’s death.

After the inquest the Prime Minister told the Commons that the case had “shocked and appalled everyone around the country” and said that the Government would assess what further action was needed after the CPS reviewed the case.

Theresa May said: “I think everyone across this House is well appraised of the significance of this issue and how appalling this tragedy was and the need for us to ensure justice and that lessons are learned from it.”

But despite promises little action has been taken, Mr Woodcock said.

Tim Farron, former leader of the Liberal Democrats and MP for neighbouring Westmorland and Lonsdale, backed calls for an inquiry into the toddler’s death saying that police and social services have “serious questions to answer”.

He said: “I think that there does need to be an inquiry because there are genuinely lessons to be learned not just about events leading to Poppi’s death but also the way the situation was handled in the months afterwards.” 

A Legal Aid Agency spokesperson said: “Legal aid is available for inquests in certain exceptional circumstances.

“Decisions on funding are made independently by the Legal Aid Agency and applications must meet strict means and merits criteria.”

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