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Cherie Blair’s tribute to the barrister Rose Heilbron, the glass ceiling breaker

Andy McSmith
Rose Heilbron 300x225 Cherie Blairs tribute to the barrister Rose Heilbron, the glass ceiling breaker

Helena Normanton (left) and Rose Heilbron (Getty Images)

Almost 10 years to the day after a Liverpool gangster George Kelly was posthumously cleared of the murder for which he was hanged on  28 March 1950, Cherie Blair has played a fitting tribute to the barrister who fought in vain to save him.

Kelly originally said he did not want a ‘Judy’ to defend him, but ended up in awe of his barrister Rose Heilbron. It was the first murder case in British legal history to be handled by a woman. The Jewish Chronicle reports that Mrs Blair told an Israeli Business Club dinner that Dame Rose was extraordinarily famous in Liv­erpool as one of the great daughters of the city. I thought ‘if one girl from Liverpool could make it in the law, maybe this girl from Liverpool could do it too.’

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