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5 speakers 15 minutes each
Mon 8th Dec 2014
Wilton's Music Hall * ON LIBERTY
Emily was elected Member of Parliament for Islington South & Finsbury in the 2005 General Election, and was re-elected in 2010 with an increased majority of 3,569. After the 2010 election, Emily became a Shadow Minister in the Department of Energy and Climate Change and took a leading role in Ed Miliband’s successful leadership campaign. In October 2010 she became a Shadow Health minister, shadowing Social Care Minister Paul Burstow, and holding the government to account over their changes to the NHS and social care. She was promoted in Ed Miliband's first reshuffle in October 2011 and until November 2014 attended the Shadow Cabinet as the Shadow Attorney General.
Isabella Sankey is Director of Policy at Liberty. Isabella oversees Liberty's parliamentary campaigning and policy development and is one of its leading voices on various human rights issues including counter-terrorism, free speech and the rights of vulnerable minorities. Isabella is a non-practising barrister, and worked for the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Division at the Commonwealth Secretariat before joining Liberty in 2007.
The Rt Hon Dominic Grieve QC MP was appointed Conservative spokesman for Scotland in June 1999 and in September 2001 he was appointed Conservative spokesman for criminal justice and community cohesion as part of the Shadow Home Affairs team. From 2003 to 2009 Dominic Grieve was Shadow Attorney General. The Leader of the Opposition appointed Dominic Grieve to Shadow Home Secretary in June 2008, and in January 2009 Dominic Grieve became the Shadow Secretary of State for Justice, continuing with his front bench role in criminal justice matters, constitutional affairs and ethnic diversity. Under the coalition Government Dominic Grieve was the Attorney General for England and Wales and the Advocate General for Northern Ireland, until July 2014.
Shami Chakrabarti has been Director of Liberty (The National Council for Civil Liberties) since September 2003. Shami first joined Liberty as In-House Counsel on 10 September 2001. She became heavily involved in its engagement with the 'War on Terror' and with the defence and promotion of human rights values in Parliament, the Courts and wider society. A Barrister by background, since becoming Liberty’s Director she has written, spoken and broadcast widely on the importance of the post-WW2 human rights framework as an essential component of democratic society.
Janis Sharp is a musician/composer and writer of children's books. Her son, Gary McKinnon, who suffers from Aspergers Syndrome, had a lifelong obsession with UFOs and while searching for evidence thereof, wandered into NASA and Pentagon computers. The lives of he and his mother Janis changed dramatically one morning in March 2002 when Gary was arrested for hacking into US government computers. Two years later, on 7 October 2004, the US government filed a request for Gary’s extradition. Fearing that Gary would take his own life rather than face being taken away to face seven counts of up to ten years each, Janis’s extraordinary battle began. Janis Sharp is also the author of the book Saving Gary McKinnon.