Liberal Democrats were out campaigning in the town centre today about Human Rights.  The Conservative government says it wants to do away with the Human Rights Act but Lib Dems say these rights are vital to our citizens both at home and abroad.

Dobbie Wallace grew up in Southport, went to school here, worked here, met his fiance, worked and started a family. He made the mistake of visiting the country of his birth for a holiday which then picked him up as an ‘entrant’ to Britain.

TEN Border Agency agents (and police in support) invaded the Hesketh Arms in Churchtown, where Dobbie Wallace was working as a chef, without any notice, to arrest and deport him, His crime was to have
been brought into the UK at the age of three from South Africa by his British mother after divorce.

The Conservative Minister showed complete indifference to Dobbie’s plight . But John Pugh MP’s office helped him assert that the Human Rights of his children to have their father with them meant that he could stay and fight his case. Even then, the Home Office tried to starve him out of the country by refusing him the right to work to feed his family. Dobbie is still in Britain due to Human Rights.

Michael*, from Southport, was hitch hiking in Europe when the car he was in was stopped at the French-Spanish border and drugs found in the spare tyre. Despite not hving any knowledge of the driver’s crime, he was thrown into a French jail without charge for months. The British government was indifferent to his plight until the MPs office quoted his Human Rights to both British and French authorities.

Mary*, also from Southport, married a man she met while doing relief work in South Asia. When the relationship broke down she was in appalling ill health and the British government did not want to help her. To stop her from maybe dying in the streets with her children being orphaned, her MP quoted human rights in letters to the Foreign Office and got her returned to the UK with her children.

Thousands of UK citizens are only treated properly when they demand that their human rights under the Human Rights are respected. This includes people with mental health problems incarcerated and
forcibly-medicated without proper review. And severely-disabled young adults who’ve been dumped in homes for people with dementia by councils who look at the balance sheet rather than the person’s needs.
Thousands of UK children, including a dozen in Southport, only see their fathers, who support them financially because their human rights were asserted.

Theresa May would already have had a small army (actually a rather large one!) of snoopers going through millions of innocent people’s private emails, texts and phone calls without any good reason if it wasn’t for Human Rights.

(* not real names)

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