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

Never trust a Government that fails to defend the rule of law

Last week, judges were asked to perform their centuries-old role of applying the law to the facts of a case before them. Quite apart from the merits or otherwise of the decision made, what had for hundreds of years been a cherished pillar of our democracy, the envy of many less fortunate around the world, suddenly became the focus of outrage, indignation and vicious personal attack.

Modern Britain was built on two principles: that every citizen, including those in power, is governed by the law, and that those laws are applied by independent judges – not by partisan politicians.

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National Hate Crime Awareness Week 2016: We stand together to reject the politics of hate

“So this is how liberty dies – with thunderous applause.”

So read a tweet from one of our members – channelling Padmé Amidala of Star Wars fame – in the midst of a dark period in British politics, which has contributed to a shocking and enduring spike in hate crime in our communities.

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We must stand on common ground

Our country has seen a spike in hate and division in recent months, and the Equality and Human Rights Commission has warned that racial inequality is ingrained across whole swathes of our everyday lives.

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Jo Cox's enormous contribution will always be remembered

Whilst we celebrate our diversity, the thing that surprises me time and time again as I travel around the constituency is that we are far more united and have far more in common than that which divides us.” Jo Cox MP, in her maiden speech to the Commons

For an MP to lose her life when she has opened her door to listen to her constituents is an attack on our democracy and on our value system. For a wife and mother to be taken from her young family is a tragedy.

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Who's inspired you this year?

We are excited to announce that the nominations for the 2016 Liberty Human Rights Awards are now open. Every year Liberty organises this unique celebration of human rights and those who are fearless in defending them and we ask you - the public, our members and supporters - to nominate the people who have inspired you and whose work to protect human rights deserves to be recognised.

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Day one as Director

It’s exciting to be writing my first blog as Director of Liberty – no doubt the first of many!
There’s never a quiet week at Liberty HQ – the fight that’s never done and all that – and true to form this week is set to be a momentous one.

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