Last month the Lords bravely backed an amendment to the Government’s proposed power in the Immigration Bill to render British citizens stateless. In doing so, Peers delivered a victory for democracy and human rights.
At Liberty we have a long history of fighting against abuse and ill-treatment. In the last year alone we have worked with a large number of victims of domestic abuse and rape – women whose complaints haven’t been taken seriously by the police; women who have been abused and bullied when they've dared to complain; women who have fled domestic violence and been failed by the authorities. We will continue to play our part in fighting violence against women and ensuring that the authorities provide every possible protection.
“We do not consider the Government to have demonstrated by clear evidence that Judicial Review has ‘expanded massively’ in recent years as the Lord Chancellor claims, that there are real abuses of the process taking place, or that the current powers of the courts to deal with such abuses are inadequate”.
25 years ago, on an ordinary Saturday, thousands of football fans set out to watch the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest. The disaster that followed caused the deaths of 96 people – sons and daughters, mothers and fathers. What came next compounded the tragedy; fans blamed, police statements altered, an inadequate inquest and public inquiry.
Last night, quietly and without fanfare, the Lords delivered a victory for all who believe in democracy and human rights. In a late amendment to the Immigration Bill, the Government tried to push through a provision which would have seen British nationals deprived of citizenship by the Home Secretary, even if this would make them stateless.
Today the House of Lords will debate Clause 64 of the vile Immigration Bill – if passed, this Clause will allow the Home Secretary to remove citizenship from British citizens, regardless of whether this may render them stateless.
Today, Part 3 of the Government’s odious Immigration Bill is back before the House of Lords. Chapter 1 seeks to introduce a new system of immigration control in the community – overseen by private landlords, of all people. This is just one part of a new regime of in-country immigration checks created by the Bill which, in addition to housing, will become a gateway requirement for access to banking, driving and even civil and religious marriage.