If you’re heading to an upcoming Party Conference, be sure to leave space in your schedule for Liberty’s fringe events. We’ve got brilliant speakers lined up to discuss the major human rights and civil liberties issues currently facing the UK and we’d love to see you there.
Yesterday two young unarmed police officers were killed in Manchester. Police constables Nicola Hughes and Fiona Bone had been sent to investigate what appeared to be a routine burglary report in Abbey Gardens, Mottram, in the morning when they were attacked - Greater Manchester Police has said it appeared they had been deliberately drawn to the scene.
At the TUC annual congress a robust defence was mounted against the steady creep of privatised policing. At a joint Liberty-TUC fringe event we heard from the trade unions Unite, Unison and the PCS, the Police Federation and our Director. All highlighted the impact of privatising core policing functions – on both policing and the public
This week marked the return of Parliament and the Prime Minister's Cabinet shuffle, aimed at ending all "dithering". This is particularly pertinent when you consider some of the plans the Government are attempting to push through.
Ken Clarke may be a national treasure but so is Britain’s internationally-admired justice system. We hope that following today’s reshuffle he remains a staunch friend of the Human Rights Act and penal reform at the Cabinet table but also worry that his past positions on legal aid and secret courts leave a dangerous legacy for access to justice in our country.
So summer is drawing to a close – the nights are getting shorter, the mornings a little cooler and, somehow, it’s now less than four months until Christmas. But don’t despair – the imminent arrival of autumn also means that this year’s Liberty Human Rights Awards are just around the corner.