The President of the Association of Chief Police Officers, Sir Hugh Orde, will take the same stage today as Shami Chakrabarti, John Kampfner and Peter Tatchell. They are speaking at Protest! Talking About Your Right to Speak Out – a free event at London’s South Bank University encouraging and enabling students to become involved in activism.
Conservative parliamentary candidate Jesse Norman and political columnist Peter Oborne today launch ‘Churchill’s Legacy: The Conservative case for the Human Rights Act’. The short book, published by Liberty in support of the Common Values campaign, recommends that the Conservatives reclaim their historic position as a party of British liberty and the rule of law by dropping their opposition to the Human Rights Act.
Liberty’s logo will grace the car of 16-year-old Alice Powell, a racing driver and the only female in Formula Renault UK. Alice is a member of the Manor Competition team and the youngest ever female driver in the Michelin Formula Renault UK Championship – the 150mph single-seater race series which is a stepping stone to Formula One.
Today the country’s first ‘DNA clinic’ launches in Hackney, giving free legal assistance to young people whose profiles have been unfairly added to the DNA database. Diane Abbott and Liberty lawyers will provide help and advice to those who want their DNA profiles removed from the national database.
Today Liberty will represent Nadia Eweida, the Christian BA check-in employee banned from wearing a small cross on a chain, in a hearing to protect Ms Eweida from the risk of having to pay BA’s massive legal costs if she pursues her case in the Court of Appeal. BA has estimated its costs for the appeal to be at least £58,000.
Liberty today expressed bitter disappointment at the Government’s continued support for the much condemned system of control orders. The Home Secretary reiterated the importance of the regime and said current control orders will be looked at case by case in a bid to comply with the recent damning House of Lords judgment.