Rachel Robinson

Rachel Robinson
Liberty
Policy and Advocacy Manager

Rachel helps shape our policy and is an advocate for human rights in Westminster, Whitehall and beyond.

She specialises in promoting unity and equality in the face of divisive Home Office policies.

Before coming to Liberty, Rachel worked as an immigration barrister.

Articles by Rachel Robinson

Queen's Speech: If we are complacent, this Government will come for our rights and freedoms

After a tumultuous post-election period, yesterday’s Queen’s Speech promised to be a must-watch – but it won’t be getting rave reviews.

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What would a Conservative-DUP deal mean for our rights?

After a chaotic weekend in politics, our acting Policy Director Rachel Robinson gives her take on what a minority Conservative Government – propped up by the DUP – could mean for our rights.

Last week’s election result confounded expectations.

After failing to secure a Conservative majority, on Friday Theresa May confirmed she would seek to govern with support from the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP).

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The Prevent duty's legacy is division and discrimination - it needs to go

This week, in both Houses of Parliament, the Government will be taken to task on the most discredited and divisive element of its counter-terror strategy – Prevent.  

In the Lords on Wednesday, Labour peer Alf Dubs will seek repeal of the Prevent duty in universities through an amendment to the Higher Education and Research Bill. He will be joined by prominent Green, Liberal Democrat and Conservative peers united in defence of free speech on campus.

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The Government has promised to safeguard refugee children - let's hold them to it

In a welcome statement on Tuesday, the Government announced plans to publish a safeguarding strategy for unaccompanied asylum-seeking children by 1 May 2017.

The chaos surrounding the transfer of vulnerable children from Calais has highlighted the urgent need for forward planning and a serious commitment to the welfare of these children.

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Refugee Children: Dubs or Dublin?

You may have heard the news that a small number of children have arrived in the UK from the Calais refugee camp.

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Liberty at the Tory Party Conference: Human Rights and Conservative Government

At a Tory Party conference where ministerial speeches were dominated by well-choreographed xenophobic vitriol, our fringe event on Tuesday – co-hosted with Bright Blue – provided an oasis where liberal conservatism could find expression.

The Directors of both organisations were joined on our panel by three influential committee chairs – Dominic Grieve QC of the Intelligence and Security Committee, Maria Miller of the Women and Equalities Committee and Crispin Blunt of the Foreign Affairs Committee.

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Have you been affected by ‘right to rent’?

The Government’s original ‘right to rent’ scheme was a flagship component of the drive to turn the UK into a ‘hostile environment’. Piloted in 2015, it saw landlords tasked with performing immigration checks on tenants.

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A victory for equality before the law

Wednesday 13 July 2016 was a historic day for more than the obvious reason. As David Cameron prepared to tender his resignation to Her Majesty and hand the keys to No.10 to Theresa May, the Supreme Court dealt a decisive blow to his Government’s plans to impose a residence test on those seeking legal aid.

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Buck passing and shoulder shrugging on refugees must end

A survey out this week showed one in three councils have failed to accept Syrian refugees – with most saying the cost of housing and supporting them far exceeds the amount central Government has agreed to provide.

This is a timely reminder of Government failures in the face of the greatest humanitarian crisis in recent history.

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This World Refugee Day, we can, we must and we are fighting back against the tide of division

Today is World Refugee day. To mark it, the UN Refugee Agency has launched a petition. It demands that national governments ensure every refugee child gets an education, every refugee family has somewhere safe to live and every refugee can work or learn new skills to make a positive contribution to their community. 

Amid a collective failure of compassion that has seen barriers – both physical and legal – erected across Europe, and a wave of xenophobia sweeping the continent, the call couldn’t be more urgent.

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