Pro-life charity launches legal action after being evicted from London show
Life charity has instructed solicitors to begin legal action against Lambeth Council for defamation, breach of contract and interference with their right to freedom of expression following their expulsion from the Lambeth Country Show.
As previously reported in The Catholic Universe, on the second day of the Lambeth Country Show, without any forewarning or discussion, Life’s stall was dismantled by the show organisers and staff and volunteers instructed to leave. This was despite the charity’s application having been approved since April, three months after its submission.
In a legal letter sent by Life’s solicitors on Friday 10th August, Lambeth Council has been informed of prospective claims against it for libel and the unlawful interference with Life’s right to freedom of expression, contrary to Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights (which public authorities must comply with by virtue of section 6(1) of the Human Rights Act 1998). Life is seeking a public correction and apology from Lambeth Council, an undertaking that its right to freedom of expression will not be unlawfully interfered with again and that the Council will properly engage with Life in the future, and compensation for the harm to the charity.
Life’s Director of Education Anne Scanlan said: “The beginning of human life in the womb is normal and worthy of celebration. This is what Life sought to do when it was stopped and ejected from the show, apparently because it showed educational models of the unborn baby (although different reasons have been provided at different times). When our right to celebrate the very start of human life is denied we have no choice but to stand up to those who wish to trample on freedom of expression.
“The actions of Lambeth Council represent a grave injustice which must be challenged if we are to continue to defend the right to life of the unborn child and promote support for the thousands of women who need our help in crisis pregnancies.
“Public displays of information about pregnancy expose the choice of abortion as a choice to end the life of an unborn child,” Ms Scanlan added. “Through the provision of practical support, we are promoting real, life-affirming choices, empowering women to continue with their pregnancy. This is what women need and deserve and we will continue to stand with them as we have done for 48 years.”
Picture: Life’s stall. (Life).Tags: Anne Scanlan, breach of contract, charity, defamation, freedom of expression, interference, Lambeth Council, Lambeth Country Show, legal, legal action, life, London, pro-life, right, show, solicitors