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Human rights campaigner and Member of the House of Lords, David Alton, has received the 2021 Westminster Award for Human Life, Human Rights, and Human Dignity. The award recognises extraordinary and notable work and achievements that safeguard the dignity and right to life of human beings. It was founded in 2013, a year after the death of Right To Life UK founder Phyllis Bowman DSG, in whose memory it is awarded.
The recipient of the Westminster Award is chosen by the Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Pro-Life Group and the Trustees of Right To Life UK, having taken advice from senior MPs and Peers in both Houses of the Westminster Parliament.
Author of eleven books, Lord Alton is a Visiting Professor at Liverpool Hope University, serves on the House of Lords International Relations and Defence Select Committee, is Co-Chair or Vice Chair of eight All-Party Parliamentary Groups, and is Trustee or Patron of a number of charities and voluntary organisations.
He served as a Liverpool MP for 18 years standing down from the House of Commons, and from party politics in 1997 and was nominated by the Prime Minister, Sir John Major, to the House of Lords, where he sits as an Independent Life Peer.
Lord Alton said of the award, ‘To receive the award is a huge privilege. It is an encouragement to carry on. Everyone knows I care about a whole variety of human rights questions but if you don’t have the right to be born then all the others fall by the wayside - all 30 articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights are worthless if you don’t have the right to be born in the first place’.
Chris Whitehouse KCSG, a trustee of Right To Life UK said, ‘The work of Right to Life UK would simply not be possible without the encouragement and expertise Lord Alton has contributed to our mission, and so many other just causes, throughout his lifelong advocacy on behalf of the most vulnerable. Thank you, Lord Alton, for 41 years of service, tirelessly championing a better world for the next generation, both born and unborn.’
Catherine Robinson from Right To Life UK, said: ‘We are so pleased to be able to celebrate Lord Alton's decades of public service, and his role in the pro-life movement in the UK and internationally. His example has already, and will continue to, inspire countless people to stand up on behalf of what is right, not what is simply popular’.