Pro-life charity begins legal action after country show eviction

Life claims that Lambeth Council acted unlawfully in evicting it from the Lambeth Country Show last month

Life's stand at the show, before it was removed
Life's stand at the show, before it was removed

A pro-life charity has begun legal action against a south London council amid claims that the charity was evicted from a country show earlier this month.

Life, an anti-abortion charity, said in a statement it had asked its lawyers to begin legal action against Lambeth Council for defamation, breach of contract and interference with the charity’s right to freedom of expression because, it says, it was forced to leave the Lambeth Country Show.

The charity says it was expelled from the second day of the show, which was held in Brockwell Park on 21 and 22 July, and its stall was dismantled by the show’s organisers.

This happened despite the charity having an application approved in April to have a stall at the show, the charity said.

Life’s statement said it was seeking a public apology and correction from the council, compensation for the harm caused to the charity and an undertaking that its right to freedom of expression "will not be unlawfully interfered with again".

Anne Scanlan, director of education at Life, said the actions of Lambeth Council represented "a grave injustice that must be challenged" if the charity was to continue its work.

She said: "We will ensure that the voice of the vulnerable and voiceless is heard in the interest of the common good and we refuse to be intimidated by the discriminatory actions of any person or institution."

Lambeth Council refused to comment on Life’s claims.

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