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Liberty at the Tory Party Conference: Human Rights and Conservative Government

At a Tory Party conference where ministerial speeches were dominated by well-choreographed xenophobic vitriol, our fringe event on Tuesday – co-hosted with Bright Blue – provided an oasis where liberal conservatism could find expression.

The Directors of both organisations were joined on our panel by three influential committee chairs – Dominic Grieve QC of the Intelligence and Security Committee, Maria Miller of the Women and Equalities Committee and Crispin Blunt of the Foreign Affairs Committee.

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Liberty at the Labour Conference: Human Rights - Unifying Values

Conference season continues apace, and Liberty is hosting several fringe events.

With the Liberal Democrats’ conference over, and Conservative and Scottish National Party events to come, we headed to Liverpool to host our Labour meeting on Monday.

Our Director Martha chaired a vibrant discussion with MPs Chuka Umunna, Emily Thornberry and Richard Burgon.

Access to justice

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Take action against borders in the classroom

It seems the Government’s ambition to extend borders into our communities does not end in our homes – it extends onto our roads, into our hospitals and now into our schools.

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Liberty at the Lib Dem Conference: Shared values in divided times

As the annual party conference season gets under way, Liberty will be busy hosting a number of fringe events. We kicked off on Monday evening with a packed agenda at the Liberal Democrat Conference in Brighton.

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Have you been affected by ‘right to rent’?

The Government’s original ‘right to rent’ scheme was a flagship component of the drive to turn the UK into a ‘hostile environment’. Piloted in 2015, it saw landlords tasked with performing immigration checks on tenants.

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Yes, really…G4S

A few weeks ago you may have thought you’d seen that our Government had handed the running of a helpline for victims of discrimination to the infamous security firm G4S.

You may then have decided that such a decision would be so utterly absurd that you must have been mistaken, and carried on about your business. 

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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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#MoreInCommon – Liberty’s six steps to a less divisive Britain

Tomorrow, Hope Not Hate supporters around the country are holding #MoreInCommon events in their local communities to celebrate the life of Jo Cox MP, who was killed in June.

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PSPO Watch: August 2016

August proved to be an interesting month as far as Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) were concerned.

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New investigations welcome, but hostile environment must change

On Sunday Theresa May revealed that the Government is launching an audit of public services to tackle racial disparities. Meanwhile, the Labour Party is launching a consultation on tackling discrimination and promoting racial equality.

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