Tag Archives: Lindsay Northover

Baroness Lindsay Northover writes…Global recognition of need to tackle sexual violence must lead to action

Eliminating violence against women - Some rights reserved by European ParliamentIf you had told me twenty or even ten years ago that there would be Global Summit on combatting sexual violence against women, attended by the majority of the world’s countries, as well numerous individuals and organisations, I would not have believed you.

For ever, it has seemed, sexual violence against (mainly) women and girls has been seen as simply inevitable.  Especially in time of war.  “War, rape and pillage” just went together.

But just as in the 20th century, when genocide gave …

Posted in Op-eds | Also tagged , and | 5 Comments

How should the Liberal Democrats deal with everyday sexism?

Today’s Daily Mail has an article making various allegations of sexist attitudes towards women within the Liberal Democrats. They’ve been running similar stories all week following the Rock the Boat fringe meeting earlier. One particular woman candidate says that she was told by someone in her local party not to get pregnant because “we don’t want a baby hanging of your t**s.”

The Daily Mail is an unlikely feminist champion, but that shouldn’t detract from the need to tackle such behaviour, which includes inappropriate questions to female candidates during the selection process about their relationships or their plans to have …

Posted in News | Also tagged , , , and | 46 Comments

Baroness Liz Barker writes… A big step for a fairer society

Today, the House of Lords should be voting ‘that this Bill do now pass’ to take the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill through one of its final steps to becoming law. Liberal Democrats can be very proud of the fact that it is only because of us that this is happening.

In the Lords, I have been proud to lead from the Lib Dem benches whilst Lib Dem Ministers, including Jim Wallace and Lindsay Northover, have been speaking from the Government frontbench. You can read and watch my opening contribution to the Second Reading

Posted in Op-eds | Also tagged , and | 1 Comment

Government shifts to back full range of medical care for rape victims in armed conflict

Lindsay NorthoverWelcome news from the House of Lords last week, where Lib Dem peer and government spokesperson for International Development, Lindsay Northover, for the first time said the British government believes that girls and women raped in armed conflict are protected under international humanitarian law, even when domestic law in the country in question says something else.

What that means in practice is that the UK government is willing to fund the full range of medical care for the victims, including abortion where medically necessary – even if domestic law in that country …

Posted in News | Also tagged | 2 Comments



Recent Comments

  • User AvatarPaul Walter 23rd Oct - 2:38pm
    Richard I'm just proud of our language. Nowhere have I dismissed concerns about immigration. Indeed I have spent much time in discussions to prepare our...
  • User AvatarJohnTilley 23rd Oct - 2:30pm
    Roland and Malcolm Todd -- if either of you can really work out what Charlie is actually trying to say you have the advantage over...
  • User AvatarMatthew Huntbach 23rd Oct - 2:26pm
    Remember what did it in for the BNP? When people elected a few BNP councillors and found out how utterly useless and incompetent they were....
  • User AvatarRichard Dean 23rd Oct - 2:25pm
    @Paul Walter Incredible. Is this a general LibDem characteristic, seeing the words but not the meaning? How many of the electorate do you think speak...
  • User AvatarGF 23rd Oct - 2:17pm
    This is so typical of the Lib Dems. By common consent the FE is as useful as a chocolate teapot yet identity politics dominate discussion...
  • User AvatarRoland 23rd Oct - 2:08pm
    Malcolm Todd - "You haven’t been reading the comments by simon or Charlie" Well yes and no! Whilst their views do reflect those current in...