There’s some good in this world…and it’s worth fighting for

– JRR Tolkien

Lord Alton of Liverpool

News

Books

Video

Latest 

59,000,280 antidepressant products were dispensed in  England between March 2020 and November 2020. Parliamentary reply confirms the cost was a staggering  £286,838,390.64.  Isn’t it time we asked ourselves some fundamental questions about the reasons for the scale of use, along with weighing the cost and the consequences.

59,000,280 antidepressant products were dispensed in England between March 2020 and November 2020. Parliamentary reply confirms the cost was a staggering £286,838,390.64. Isn’t it time we asked ourselves some fundamental questions about the reasons for the scale of use, along with weighing the cost and the consequences.

59,000,280 antidepressant products were dispensed in England between March 2020 and November 2020. Parliamentary reply confirms the cost was a staggering £286,838,390.64. Isn't it time we asked ourselves some fundamental questions about the reasons for the scale of...

read more

Burma -UK Says: “The coup must end. We urge the military to exercise utmost restraint and respect human rights and international law. The military must be held accountable for their actions. We will continue to explore all options for doing this.”

David Alton with Aung San Suu Kyi - who has been arrested during a coup by the Burmese Military Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, has provided the following answer to your written parliamentary question (HL13291): Question Lord...

read more

Featured

59,000,280 antidepressant products were dispensed in  England between March 2020 and November 2020. Parliamentary reply confirms the cost was a staggering  £286,838,390.64.  Isn’t it time we asked ourselves some fundamental questions about the reasons for the scale of use, along with weighing the cost and the consequences.

59,000,280 antidepressant products were dispensed in England between March 2020 and November 2020. Parliamentary reply confirms the cost was a staggering £286,838,390.64. Isn’t it time we asked ourselves some fundamental questions about the reasons for the scale of use, along with weighing the cost and the consequences.

59,000,280 antidepressant products were dispensed in England between March 2020 and November 2020. Parliamentary reply confirms the cost was a staggering £286,838,390.64. Isn't it time we asked ourselves some fundamental questions about the reasons for the scale of...

read more

Burma -UK Says: “The coup must end. We urge the military to exercise utmost restraint and respect human rights and international law. The military must be held accountable for their actions. We will continue to explore all options for doing this.”

David Alton with Aung San Suu Kyi - who has been arrested during a coup by the Burmese Military Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, has provided the following answer to your written parliamentary question (HL13291): Question Lord...

read more

Parliament

Minister of State for Asia responds to CCP’s decision not to recognise Hong Kong BN(O) passports and says “We cannot submit a case to the Court without the consent of China, and it is very clear that China would not accept that.”

Minister of State for Asia responds to CCP’s decision not to recognise Hong Kong BN(O) passports and says “We cannot submit a case to the Court without the consent of China, and it is very clear that China would not accept that.”

Minister of State for Asia responds to CCP's decision to not to recognise Hong Kong BN(O) passports and says "We cannot submit a case to the Court without the consent of China, and it is very clear that China would not accept that." Nigel Adams MPMinister of State for...

read more
Important victory for Justice: The Court of Appeal has today upheld the High Court ruling that the £1,012 fee for a child to register as a British citizen is unlawful because it is set without consideration of the best interests of children. Two of the judges  also see great force in the argument that it may be additionally unlawful because it effectively deprives many children of their rights to British citizenship. Lord Alton, who gave evidence to the Court said “this is a victory for justice. The Home Office now needs to lead by example and expeditiously implement the findings of the Court.” Read full judgement.

Important victory for Justice: The Court of Appeal has today upheld the High Court ruling that the £1,012 fee for a child to register as a British citizen is unlawful because it is set without consideration of the best interests of children. Two of the judges also see great force in the argument that it may be additionally unlawful because it effectively deprives many children of their rights to British citizenship. Lord Alton, who gave evidence to the Court said “this is a victory for justice. The Home Office now needs to lead by example and expeditiously implement the findings of the Court.” Read full judgement.

Important victory for Justice: The Court of Appeal has today upheld the High Court ruling that the £1,012 fee for a child to register as a British citizen is unlawful because it is set without consideration of the best interests of children. Two of the judges also see...

read more
Government responds to questions on international support for holders of Hong Kong British Overseas Passports; and rights of travel for holders of BNO passports. Minister says: “whatever obstacles China puts in the way of BN(O)s leaving Hong Kong, we will do all we can to enable them to come to live, work and study in the UK”

Government responds to questions on international support for holders of Hong Kong British Overseas Passports; and rights of travel for holders of BNO passports. Minister says: “whatever obstacles China puts in the way of BN(O)s leaving Hong Kong, we will do all we can to enable them to come to live, work and study in the UK”

Government responds to questions on international support for holders of Hong Kong British Overseas Passports; and rights of travel for holders of BNO passports.Minister says: "whatever obstacles China puts in the way of BN(O)s leaving Hong Kong, we will do all we can...

read more

Events 

Presented by: Jim Davies, High Sheriff of Merseyside

Presented by: Jim Davies, High Sheriff of Merseyside

Honourable Pro-Chancellor, I have pleasure in presenting Professor the Lord David Alton for the award of an Ambassador Fellowship from Liverpool John Moores University. We propose Lord Alton in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the civic life of the city...

read more
The webinar on Disappearing Women and Girls: Abducted, Forcibly Converted, Forcibly Married and Abused. It’s not girls and women who should be disappearing burg wholly unacceptable laws and practices which need to disappear…

The webinar on Disappearing Women and Girls: Abducted, Forcibly Converted, Forcibly Married and Abused. It’s not girls and women who should be disappearing burg wholly unacceptable laws and practices which need to disappear…

https://youtu.be/kELMgPDb1-Q Link to the Webinar David Alton highlighters three cases from Pakistan- Pakistan girls and women fleeing persecution locked up in a detention centre It’s not girls and women who should be disappearing burg wholly unacceptable laws and...

read more

Video

Lord Patten on Hong Kong: “the rule of fear, rather than the rule of law” and says “China is involved at the moment in predatory purchasing wherever it can”. The case of the arrested and detained pro democracy activist Andy Li was raised in parliament.

Lord Patten on Hong Kong: “the rule of fear, rather than the rule of law” and says “China is involved at the moment in predatory purchasing wherever it can”. The case of the arrested and detained pro democracy activist Andy Li was raised in parliament.

The All Party Parliamentary Group today held a briefing meeting with Lord (Chris) Patten the last British Governor of Hong Kong: Full recording: Webinar with former Hong Kong Governor, Lord Patten, on “Hong Kong: what the future holds for this formerly autonomous...

read more
August 22nd – the International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief marked by a webinar organised by the Coalition for Genocide Response.               In May 2019, the UN General Assembly passed a resolution establishing the International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief to be marked on 22 August. In recent years, violence based on religion or belief is an ever-growing problem surpassing the threshold of the legal definition of crimes against humanity, war crimes and even genocide. Speakers will discuss some of the recent most egregious atrocities based on religion or belief and consider the response which is needed.

August 22nd – the International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief marked by a webinar organised by the Coalition for Genocide Response. In May 2019, the UN General Assembly passed a resolution establishing the International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief to be marked on 22 August. In recent years, violence based on religion or belief is an ever-growing problem surpassing the threshold of the legal definition of crimes against humanity, war crimes and even genocide. Speakers will discuss some of the recent most egregious atrocities based on religion or belief and consider the response which is needed.

    David Alton explains the background to the webinar Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_6QACc8s1zM&feature=youtu.be...

read more
The Coalition for Genocide Response: Webinar and Discussion, 5 PM (BST) August 5th, “Justice Delayed Is Justice Denied – Daesh Fighters Still Enjoying Impunity Six Years On” – Speakers include Pieter Omtzigt, Dutch Parliamentarian,  Sareta Ashraph, Barrister, Garden Court Chambers, Abid Shamdeen, Executive Director of Nadia’s Initiative.   Details of how to join are here:

The Coalition for Genocide Response: Webinar and Discussion, 5 PM (BST) August 5th, “Justice Delayed Is Justice Denied – Daesh Fighters Still Enjoying Impunity Six Years On” – Speakers include Pieter Omtzigt, Dutch Parliamentarian,  Sareta Ashraph, Barrister, Garden Court Chambers, Abid Shamdeen, Executive Director of Nadia’s Initiative. Details of how to join are here:

The Coalition for Genocide Response: Webinar and Discussion, 5 PM (BST) August 5th, “Justice Delayed Is Justice Denied - Daesh Fighters Still Enjoying Impunity Six Years On” - Speakers include Pieter Omtzigt, Dutch Parliamentarian,  Sareta Ashraph, Barrister,...

read more
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.