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Supreme Court to rule on John Walker’s landmark fight for same-sex pension equality

07 July 2017

The Supreme Court will hand down its judgment on John Walker’s landmark legal battle to secure equal pension benefits for his husband on Wednesday 12 July.

Mr Walker is challenging an exemption in the Equality Act which lets employers exclude same-sex civil partners and spouses from spousal benefits paid into a pension fund before December 2005. . 

Mr Walker retired from chemical group Innospec in 2003 after more than 20 years – during which he had made the same pension scheme contributions as his heterosexual colleagues.

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Liberty gets go-ahead to challenge Snoopers’ Charter in the High Court

30 June 2017

The High Court has granted Liberty permission to challenge part of the Government’s extreme mass surveillance regime with a judicial review of the Investigatory Powers Act.

Liberty is challenging the mass collection of everybody’s communications data and internet history, which it believes breaches British people’s rights.

The Act forces communications companies and service providers to retain and hand over logs of everybody’s emails, phone calls, texts and entire web browsing history to state agencies to store, data-mine and profile at will.

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"The tide is clearly turning in the right direction” - Liberty responds to Government plans to fund abortions in England for women from Northern Ireland

29 June 2017

The Government has announced it will fund abortions in England for women arriving from Northern Ireland after Stella Creasy MP tabled an amendment to the Queen's Speech on the issue.

Martha Spurrier, Director of Liberty, said: “This incredible victory shows what Parliament can do. By working across parties, MPs can force the Government to do the right thing.

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The Prime Minister's plans for EU citizens will make family life a privilege for those who can afford it

26 June 2017

Today the Government has published a paper laying out its plans to "safeguard the position" of EU citizens living in the UK.

Martha Spurrier, Director of Liberty, said: “This plan will take away EU citizens’ rights – full stop. No one ever voted for that.

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Liberty calls on Prime Minister to end uncertainty for EU nationals by guaranteeing their family, work and welfare rights

26 June 2017

Liberty has called on Theresa May to guarantee beyond doubt that EU citizens will retain all of their existing rights, as she sets out plans for them to be given “settled status” today.

The Prime Minister will present a paper to the House of Commons this afternoon, laying out details of a so-called “fair and serious offer”.

To offer real certainty to EU citizens and their families, the paper must guarantee that those in the UK at the agreed “cut-off point” will:

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"What kind of sovereignty is that?" - Liberty responds to the Queen's Speech

21 June 2017

Today's Queen's speech outlined the Government's plans for Brexit and countering terrorism.

On the Brexit plans, Martha Spurrier, Director of Liberty, said: “The people voted to leave the European Union, not to tear up their rights and freedoms. The Government must include a definitive clause in the Repeal Bill to guarantee that there will be no backsliding on rights.

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Deepcut deaths: Major decisions expected at first Sean Benton pre-inquest review

15 June 2017

Sean, 20, was found with five bullet wounds to his chest on 9 June 1995 – shortly after he had been told he was to be discharged from the Army. 

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The UK Government can and must take a stand against laws which criminalise abortion: Liberty responds to Supreme Court abortion ruling

14 June 2017

The Supreme Court has today rejected an appeal by a mother and daughter in their legal battle for women from Northern Ireland to receive free abortions on the NHS in England.

Martha Spurrier, Director of Liberty, said: “This case centred on NHS charging – meanwhile the UN and the High Court in Belfast have been clear that Northern Ireland’s Victorian abortion laws violate the basic human rights of women and girls.

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The Prime Minister risks handing terrorists their greatest victory

06 June 2017

For cheap political points and headlines, she is willing to undermine our democracy, our freedom and our rights – the very things these violent murderers seek to attack.

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Next Government must abandon plans for “authoritarian” Espionage Act that could see journalists jailed for embarrassing politicians

10 May 2017

Liberty has called on the next Government to abandon the Law Commission’s proposals for an Espionage Act which could see journalists and whistleblowers jailed for years if they reveal information that merely embarrasses ministers.

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