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Freedom in Blair's Britain

The Labour government has now been in office for nearly seven years, a period seemingly marked by a series of assaults on freedom and liberty: legislation on terrorism, on asylum and on criminal procedure has flowed thick and fast. Yet this is the same Labour Party that enacted the Human Rights Act.

Shami Chakrabarti, director of Liberty, will speak on Freedom in Blair's Britain on Tuesday 17 February at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

She will focus on the state of freedom in Britain and assess the role of Liberty in protecting that freedom. Are claims about the threat to freedom justified or grossly exaggerated? Is recent legislation genuinely unprecedented or just the sort of thing that governments in Britain have done over generations?

Shami Chakrabarti became director of Liberty in September 2003. Having originally joined Liberty as in-house counsel, Shami has worked on a number of Liberty's high profile cases. She is an executive governor of the British Institute of Human Rights, executive committee member of the administrative law bar association, and editorial board member of the European Human Rights Law Review.

Freedom in Blair's Britain is on Tuesday 17 February at 6pm in the Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE, Houghton St, London WC2A. The event is free and open to all with no ticket required.

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To reserve a press seat, please contact Jessica Winterstein on 020 7955 7060 or email j.Winterstein@lse.ac.uk|

9 February 2004

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