Human rights campaigner Shami Chakrabarti gives students a talk

Shami Chakrabarti with, left to right back, Jasper Clow, Gemma Wardle, front (left),  Susanna Chippendale and Pippa Byrom.' Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (150832-3)
Shami Chakrabarti with, left to right back, Jasper Clow, Gemma Wardle, front (left), Susanna Chippendale and Pippa Byrom.' Picture: Ian Hargreaves (150832-3)
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HUMAN rights campaigner Shami Chakrabarti gave students at a Portsmouth college a talk on civil liberties.

She went to St John’s College in Grove Road South, Southsea, to speak to the youngsters.

The talk focused on issues including civil liberties and human rights with the aim of helping students taking politics as an A-level.

It was attended by pupils from St John’s, Portsmouth High and members of the public.

The audience was given an opportunity to ask questions.

Gemma Wardle who is in Year 13, 18, said: ‘It was an emotive and very interesting talk, particularly for me as a politics student where the subject of human rights often comes at the forefront of our studies.’

Susanna Chippendale, also in Year 13, chaired the meeting.

The 17-year-old said: ‘Shami’s talk covered a wide range of human rights issues.

‘I was particularly interested when she spoke about equality under the law and the relevance of this for society today.’

Dr Graham Goodlad, head of government and politics at St John’s co-ordinated the meeting.

He said: ‘It was a great pleasure to welcome such a high-profile speaker on a topic which features so prominently in the A-level politics syllabus.’