Cherie Blair’s tribute to the barrister Rose Heilbron, the glass ceiling breaker
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.’Tagged in: cherie blair
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