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Over the summer David Alton was been made a Fellow of Liverpool John Moores University  and was presented with the Thomas More Religious Freedom Advocacy Award


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New Exhibition in Washington D.C. – September 16th  2016 -March 2017  -Christian Heritage Centre exhibition on St.Thomas More and the Carrolls (the Foremost British-American Catholic  Family) opens in Washington at the St.John Paul II Centre September 16th




Thomas More Exhibition



June 2016:

At  meetings in Parliament this week David Alton highlighted the suffering and persecution of believers and atheists who are denied Article 18 freedoms. At the launch of Human Rights Without Frontiers’ annual report and at a subsequent meeting on human rights violations  numerous examples were given  of persecution and suffering from Iran to North Korea, Saudi Arabia to Pakistan, China to Bangladesh and many other countries where “Article 18 is honoured only in its breach”: See: http://hrwf.eu/


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Coming up….

At a time of deepening crisis in SYRIA and PAKISTAN, AID TO THE CHURCH IN NEED is holding a briefing with eye-witness testimonies from two of their project partners.

 Date: Monday, 17th October

Time: 3pm

Venue: House of Lords Committee Room G


Head of the largest Catholic diocese in Pakistan, he led the

Church’s response to the Easter Day 2016 Lahore Massacre

and other atrocities affecting Christians and other minorities.



Providing emergency help in areas worst-affected

by violence and acute poverty, Sister Annie leads

a team of volunteers who go house-to-house, providing

food, shelter and medicine at great risk to their safety.


Aid to the Church in Need is providing emergency and pastoral help for those suffering persecution both in Syria, Pakistan and 135 other countries around the world.

Interest in the event is expected to be high. To secure your place, please notify us by contacting Johnny Dowling on 0208 661 5154 or john.dowling@acnuk.org

 Further details about the speakers and the event are available on request.





Yesterday, June 30th, friends of the late Eric Avebury gathered at the Royal Institution to celebrate Lord Avebury’s life and work. Eric’s causes included championing the Dalit “untouchables” in India and in promoting the Gypsy Caravan Sites Act. Whether at home or overseas Eric Avebury countered  ill-informed prejudices and scapegoating. One of those who paid tribute to him at the Royal Institution was Damian Le Bas who said that Eric Avebury was “one of the greatest friends the Gypsies ever had.” See:  





Over the past couple of decades thousands of Good Citizenship Awards have been distributed and Roscoe Lectures have  been staged by Liverpool John Moores University’s Roscoe Foundation For Citizenship.  David Alton chaired  140 of the 141 Roscoe Lectures staged between 1997 and June 2016.


Professor Monica Grady CBE and Professor Nigel Weatherill, Vice Chancellor of Liverpool John Moores University with award winner Sam Walton, a PhD student at LJMU’s Astrophysics Research Institute.

Here, David Alton explains the background:

Good Citizenship Awards


Roscoe Lectures



Details of the Roscoe Lectures and the background to the life of William Roscoe and his poetry may be found at



Gonzaga 2016 Lectures – Glasgow:

 DAVID ALTON on the Fight for Human Rights 

Delivered at The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, Vincent St, Glasgow. 

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Friday June 17th 2016:

A Premier Radio Lecture: “The Battle of Beliefs – a matter of life and death” 

Premier Lecture: June 2016 – Liverpool: A Battle of Belief – a matter of life and death –

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Right To Life Sponsored Walk – Ribble Valley – 2016:2016 Right To Life Sponsored Walk in Rible Valley

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Promoting Human Life, Human Rights and Human Dignity-from the womb to the tomb.


Christian Heritage Centre Events and Exhibitions: the tale of Two Thomas’ s

Thomas Becket’s Fight For Conscience and Religious Freedom Commemorated at Westminster:  Becket Week  Events  – go to  https://davidalton.net/latest/

A Symposium on the relevance of Becket’s story, held at Lambeth, was sponsored by Christian Heritage Centre. Click here: Christian Heritage Centre added 7 new photos.








Burma’s Cardinal Charles Bo Visited Westminster and, at Mr.Speaker’s House, called for the promotion of human rights in Burma for “unity through diversity”: See


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Eleanor Rathbone: the Refugees’ M.P.

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7Oth Anniversary of the death of Eleanor Rathbone.


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To Listen to the Roscoe Lecture on January 14th 2016 on the life of Eleanor Rathbone go to:


Exhibition of Eleanor’s life at the House of Commons:






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David Alton is Co-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on North Korea

Website: www.appgnk.org

Twitter: @APPGNorthKorea

Facebook: facebook.com/appg.nk

Visit the All Party Group on North Korea Web Site for Details of forthcoming events:


and visit:


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David Alton BBC file photo

“Most of the things which matter the most can be summed up in pithy straight-forward words such as justice, liberty, duty, freedom,mercy, conscience, dignity, family, faith, fairness – life itself. These are the things which make for the common good and give people hope.”

Thank you for taking the time to visit this website. It was originally created by volunteers who wanted to provide easier access to some of the speeches I have made and to some of the articles and books which I have written.  Since then the site has been visited by over quarter of a million people from five continents with lots of positive and encouraging feedback.


Links on the site will take you to the contributions I made in the House of Commons between 1979 and 1997 – where I sat as a Liberal – and in the House of Lords – where I sit as an Independent Crossbench Peer – from 1997 until now.

There are also links to countries and issues about which I have taken a particular interest – such as poverty, gendercide, human cloning, and human trafficking.  The site  also features human rights reports on situations witnessed first-hand in countries like Sudan and Darfur, Congo, North Korea and Burma.  There are power point presentations and audio from talks. There are also biographical details and some links to organisations which whom I work or which champion some of the causes featured on this site.

Thank you for joining the visitors – I hope that you find what you were looking for.

“Doing politics as if people mattered.”

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