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Sir David Amess MP

Sir David Amess MP

It was with profound sorrow that I heard today of the murder of Sir David Amess MP, a longstanding friend and parliamentary colleague. Just a few weeks ago we shared a platform at the launch of his book Ayes & Ears documenting his political career over nearly four...

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Why Peers should reject the Assisted Dying Bill: James Mildred argues that “Legalising assisted dying is the wrong answer to the right question. Let’s change the debate to focus on quality palliative care instead.”

https://www.politicshome.com/members/article/why-peers-should-reject-the-assisted-dying-bill Why Peers should reject the Assisted Dying Bill Improving palliative care is a better solution to people nearing the end of their lives. James Mildred, Chief Communications...

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Two letters received today opposing changes to the law on Assisted Suicide: one from a grand daughter “My beloved granny would have felt pressure to have an assisted suicide” and one from a GP who raised the uncertainties of prognosis and says “Please vigorously oppose any attempt to embed assisted suicide in our healthcare system – it has no place there”

Two letters received today in Parliament opposing changes to the law on Assisted Suicide: one from a grand daughter “My beloved granny would have felt pressure to have an assisted suicide” and one from a GP who raised the uncertainties of prognosis and says “Please...

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Pictures to shake the conscience of the world.

Pictures to shake the conscience of the world.

In my youth, this powerful and disturbing single image - Huynh Cong “Nick” Ut’s photograph of a naked girl running from a napalm attack during the Vietnam War - came to define that moment and to disturb consciences. And images of starving Nigerian children caught up...

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Auditor General and Health and Safety Executive asked to investigate the purchase of non-compliant, faulty or fake PPE and Sajid Javid urged to introduce transparency in multi billion deals on face masks and lateral flow devices

Auditor General and Health and Safety Executive asked to investigate the purchase of non-compliant, faulty or fake PPE and Sajid Javid urged to introduce transparency in multi billion deals on face masks and lateral flow devices

A rush to obtain PPE to protect frontline medical and care staff from Covid has not just favoured the well connected to the government, through the notorious 'VIP' fast-lane, it has also led to the purchase of non-compliant, faulty or fake PPE. A BBC investigation by...

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Afghanistan – House of Lords debate

Afghanistan – House of Lords debate

In Parliament today I was struck that twenty years after 9:11 we have given the Taliban a free pass and opened the way for a new wave of terror - inspired by a medieval theocratic ideology that cherishes violence, degrades women, trades in lethal drugs, persecutes...

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The 150th Anniversary of the Anderton Boat Lift.

The 150th Anniversary of the Anderton Boat Lift.

View Post An afternoon spent with the Canal and River Trust in Cheshire to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the Anderton Boat Lift - one of the seven wonders of Britain’s waterways. Opened in 1875 it became the world’s first successful boat lift - a feat of...

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Standing up for religious freedom. Webinar on Faith and Freedom – What it looks like and why we should fight for it . Religious freedom is often described as an “orphaned right”.  This liberty, central to a free society, is under-recognised and frequently trampled on.

Standing up for religious freedom. Webinar on Faith and Freedom – What it looks like and why we should fight for it . Religious freedom is often described as an “orphaned right”. This liberty, central to a free society, is under-recognised and frequently trampled on.

Standing up for religious freedom. Webinar on Faith and Freedom - What it looks like and why we should fight for it . Religious freedom is often described as an “orphaned right”. This liberty, central to a free society, is under-recognised and frequently trampled on....

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Lord Alton of Liverpool

About David Alton

He is a former Liberal Party Member of Parliament for a Liverpool constituency and Chief Whip – who has sat as an Independent Crossbench member of the House of Lords since 1997 when he was made a life peer. He is a Visiting Professor at Liverpool Hope University and author of several books.

Alton is known for his human rights work including the co-founding Jubilee Campaign and Jubilee Action, and serves as chair, patron, or trustee, of several charities and voluntary organisations. He is a member of the House of Lords Select Committee on International Relations and Defence.