Martha Spurrier

Martha Spurrier

Martha is a human rights barrister. Before joining Liberty, she specialised in defending access to justice, challenging state failures and fighting for the rights of women, children and disabled people.

She has worked with bereaved families seeking answers after loved ones died in state care, victims of rape, domestic violence and trafficking who have been failed by the police, and protestors and journalists whose freedoms have been under attack.

Martha was previously a lawyer at Mind and the Public Law Project and she has written books about human rights, policing and disability rights. She is a trustee of Medical Justice.

Martha joined Liberty because she wanted to be part of a team of passionate, principled people using their diverse skills to hold the powerful to account and stand up for people’s rights. Litigation is only part of the answer – and she loves being part of an ambitious campaigning organisation that has many different tools for achieving change.

Articles by Martha Spurrier

Stonewall Season: 50 years of inspiration to keep fighting for LGBT rights

It’s been 50 years since the Sexual Offences Act decriminalised homosexual sex between men aged over 21 – and LGBT rights have come a long way since then.

This week, as part of Stonewall Season, we’re celebrating the progress made over those decades as inspiration to keep fighting – because that work is far from finished.

In fact, as the Government grants ministers unprecedented new powers to rewrite our laws after Brexit, we face the grim prospect of a rollback on those rights.

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After the Repeal Bill vote: the race is on to protect our rights after Brexit

In the early hours of Tuesday morning, the Repeal Bill – a piece of legislation that, in its current form, gives a handful of ministers unprecedented powers to rewrite our laws with no proper scrutiny from Parliament – stumbled over its first parliamentary hurdle.

Officially titled the EU (Withdrawal) Bill, it would let ministers quietly chip away at the many vital rights and equality protections we’ve gained through our EU membership.

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Jan Sutton – an indomitable force for good

On 8 June 2017 we lost an inspiring human rights campaigner and a much loved friend – Jan Sutton.

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Who are your human rights heroes?

In every town and city, in every school and family, there are inspiring people doing amazing things to bring about change for the better. Now is the time to tell Liberty who they are so that we can celebrate them.

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With each attack, we were supposed to become more fragile – but instead, we have grown stronger

It’s easy to feel hopeless as we come to terms with the shock of a terror attack on our home soil – for the fourth time in as many months.

This year innocent people from all backgrounds and all over the world were murdered on what should have been ordinary days – as they strolled over bridges, left a concert, enjoyed a pint and headed home after prayers.

To most of us, this violence seems utterly needless. But the perpetrators had a purpose.

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Jo Cox's More in Common message should be the foundation our politics is built on

The spirit and message of the Great Get Together mustn’t come to an end on Sunday night. It should be the foundation our country and our politics are built on.

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The results are in and the fight is on to #KeepBritainKind


Who saw that coming? After a hectic night and a morning of uncertainty, it looks like we've got a minority Conservative Government – propped up by the DUP.

Liberty is, and always has been, totally independent. We don’t support any political party.

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Whoever's in No 10 tomorrow, we'll hold them to account

Tomorrow we'll have a new Government to keep in check. And we will be watching them.

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You don't beat terrorism by sacrificing everything that makes us great

Last night, we saw a brutal, cowardly attack on the vibrant, resilient and diverse city in which we at Liberty are so lucky to live and work.

Our thoughts are with those affected – the victims, their families and loved ones. Our hearts go out to them.

For the third time in as many months, our police and emergency services showed huge bravery and selflessness in the face of the most barbaric, senseless violence.

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In solidarity with the people of Manchester

Our hearts go out to the victims and survivors of the terrible attack in Manchester last night and our thoughts are with their loved ones. This was a brutal, horrifying act targeting innocent families and children on what should have been an exciting night out.

But watching Mancunians come together is humbling and inspiring – amid the ongoing confusion, social media has been flooded with offers of spare rooms, free rides, phone chargers and cups of tea.

The emergency services worked tirelessly through the night.

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