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Politics – Human rights chairman

May 2016

Liberal-leaning Women and Equalities Minister Nicky Morgan has nominated former Stonewall Chair David Isaac as the preferred next chairman of the European Human Rights Commission.

However, Andrea Williams, chief executive of Christian Concern and the Christian Legal Centre, said the nomination would create an intrinsic bias at a commission that is supposed to be above and beyond bias.

In a letter to Ms Morgan, Ms Williams said: ‘Your proposed appointment of David Isaac as the new chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission is an absurdity and we ask you to reconsider your choice of candidate.

‘As the nominated incoming chairman of the commission, it would be his duty to act impartially to promote and protect human rights, eliminate discrimination and promote equality of opportunity across nine grounds, including religion and belief.

‘Appointing a commission chairman who previously led a pressure group with such a strong agenda would lead to a complete lack of confidence in [its] impartiality’.

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