Martha Spurrier

Martha Spurrier
Liberty
Director

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

Why we're part of a coalition of human rights organisations taking on the UK Government's mass surveillance regime

Next week brings a watershed moment in the battle to protect our privacy rights and the rule of law against mass government surveillance.

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Whistleblower, abortion rights campaigners and entire Welsh town honoured at Liberty Human Rights Awards

When it comes to the Government respecting and protecting our rights, freedom and equality, this has been a dark year – from the contempt for democracy shown in the Repeal Bill to technologically illiterate attacks on our online privacy and the continued creep of immigration enforcement into every corner of UK life. 

But last night Liberty members and supporters came together to honour those who aren’t willing to sit back and accept this vision of our country’s future at our annual Human Rights Awards.

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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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