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What would a Conservative-DUP deal mean for our rights?

After a chaotic weekend in politics, our acting Policy Director Rachel Robinson gives her take on what a minority Conservative Government – propped up by the DUP – could mean for our rights.

Last week’s election result confounded expectations.

After failing to secure a Conservative majority, on Friday Theresa May confirmed she would seek to govern with support from the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP).

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The results are in and the fight is on to #KeepBritainKind


Who saw that coming? After a hectic night and a morning of uncertainty, it looks like we've got a minority Conservative Government – propped up by the DUP.

Liberty is, and always has been, totally independent. We don’t support any political party.

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Whoever's in No 10 tomorrow, we'll hold them to account

Tomorrow we'll have a new Government to keep in check. And we will be watching them.

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10 ways Liberty's helped make Britain freer, fairer and kinder

So another week, another election.

This one will be the 21st since Liberty was founded – and we’ve got a feeling we’ll be needed more than ever in the next five years.

We’ve been protecting rights and freedoms in the UK for 83 years – and we’ve learned that by working together with our members and supporters, we can keep the powerful in check and make real change.

Here are 10 ways we’ve helped make Britain freer, fairer and kinder so far.

1930s: Liberty founded to protect protesters

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You don't beat terrorism by sacrificing everything that makes us great

Last night, we saw a brutal, cowardly attack on the vibrant, resilient and diverse city in which we at Liberty are so lucky to live and work.

Our thoughts are with those affected – the victims, their families and loved ones. Our hearts go out to them.

For the third time in as many months, our police and emergency services showed huge bravery and selflessness in the face of the most barbaric, senseless violence.

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Armed Forces survey rings alarm bells for soldiers' rights

The latest Armed Forces Continuous Attitude Survey has been published today.

Distributed to a sample of almost 30,000 troops, it provides us with a useful snapshot of the real lived experiences of the men and women in our Armed Forces.

There are some positives. Seventy-four per cent of personnel are proud to be in the services. Eighty-nine per cent say their family is proud of them.

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In solidarity with the people of Manchester

Our hearts go out to the victims and survivors of the terrible attack in Manchester last night and our thoughts are with their loved ones. This was a brutal, horrifying act targeting innocent families and children on what should have been an exciting night out.

But watching Mancunians come together is humbling and inspiring – amid the ongoing confusion, social media has been flooded with offers of spare rooms, free rides, phone chargers and cups of tea.

The emergency services worked tirelessly through the night.

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The year we tore up the rule book

Last weekend, Liberty members joined us in Sheffield to debate gender-based violence, State surveillance and much more at our AGM. Here’s what Liberty’s Director, Martha Spurrier, had to say at the end of an inspiring day.

It’s been quite a year.

Politics has put pollsters out of business as we’ve careened from one surprise result to another – whether it was the EU Referendum, the election of Donald Trump or the announcement of a snap election.

This is the year that we tore up the rule book.

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Five questions you should be asking canvassers

Local elections are done and dusted – but general election campaigning is just getting started.

Across the nation, we’ll be bombarded with slogans, leaflets and canvassers at every turn for the next four weeks – so it helps to know your stuff.

The concerns we raise on the doorstep are fed back to party headquarters – and can have a real influence over manifestos and campaigning priorities.

If you want to protect human rights for the next five years – whoever’s running our country – here are five things to ask every canvasser who comes to your door.

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A free press is the beating heart of our democracy – don't let the Government stifle it

Yesterday Reporters Without Borders (RSF) published its annual World Press Freedom Index.

It made for grim reading. The UK is down two more places in the rankings, having slipped 12 over the past five years.

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