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Lindis Percy : biography

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Lindis Percy (born 1941, Leeds) is a prominent peace activist in the United Kingdom and founding member and joint coordinator of the Campaign for the Accountability of American Bases. Reporting for The Guardian, journalist Rob Evans claimed that "there must surely be few Britons who have been arrested in political protests as many times as [Lindis Percy] has". She is a trained nurse, midwife and health visitor and has worked for the National Health Service her entire working life., Yorkshire Post, 24 April 2008

Personal life

Lindis Percy is married, with three grown children and six grandchildren. She lives with her husband Christopher, a retired chaplain, in Harrogate, Yorkshire, where her father once worked as a Church of England priest., Yorkshire Post, 7 February 2007 She is a Quaker.

Percy was cast in The Mythologist,, dir. by John Lundberg: official website a film about Habib "Henry" Azadehdel, aka Dr Armen Victorian, a UFO conspiracy theorist., Open Minds Forum, 25 August 2007


Lindis Percy has been active since 1979, when cruise missiles were to be deployed at Greenham Common.

Legal cases arose from her actions in "uncovering and lawfully exercising ancient rights of way and the right to roam"British comedian Mark Steel wrote about Lindis Percy asking "Do you thinking we achieved anything today? Or are we wasting everybody's time?" on p. 174 of his book What's Going On? The Meanderings of a Comic Mind in Confusion (2008) ISBN 1-84737-281-9 across United States' NSA intelligence-gathering bases, such as Menwith Hill & Fylingdales located near her Yorkshire home, and further afield at RAF Mildenhall and RAF Lakenheath, which, she claims, are actually USAF bases situated in the United Kingdom flagged to the RAF

In June 1994, the newspapers reported that a series of meetings took place between representatives of the US and British governments "to discuss continuing incursions at US bases and how to deal with on-going US military concerns", as a result of Percy's persistent incursions into American and British bases and her campaigns in general.

The campaign against the Menwith Hill base was documented by Duncan Campbell in the Channel 4 documentary The Hill.


Percy attended the Department of Peace Studies, University of Bradford in the late 1980s. As an activist, she uses non-violent direct action and civil disobedience.

Percy also uses legal challenges, often assisted by solicitor Mark Stephens and barrister, Keir Starmer QC, now Director of Public Prosecutions (England & Wales), and sometimes acts as a litigant in person to make her protests.Percy v Director of Public Prosecutions, QBD, [1995] 3 All ER 124 [1995] 1WLR 1382, 159 JP 337, [1995] Crim LR 714R -v- Pateley Bridge Justices Ex p. Percy [1994] C.O.D. 453, R v Pateley Bridge Justices ex parte Percy; R v Same ex parte Same, QBD (Crown Office List), CO/962/93Percy and Another v Hall and Others, COA, (Civil Division), [1996] 4 All ER 523, [1997] QB 924, [1997] 3 WLR 573, 10.5.96Percy v Moore, QBC (Crown Office List), CO/3422/96Percy -v- Hall [1997] Q.B. 924; [1997] 3 W.L.R. 573; [1996] 4 All E.R. 523; (1996) 160 J.P. Rep. 788; [1996] N.P.C. 74; (1996) 93(23) L.S.G. 36; (1996) 140 S.J.L.B. 130

Policy Influence

In 2001, Percy submitted a memorandum to the House of Commons about an expansion of jurisdiction of the Ministry of Defence Police (MDP), which she opposed on several grounds, including what she denoted as an "extension of the jurisdiction of the MDP into areas not naturally within their stated role", thus essentially exposing "the citizen .... to a police force"., Select Committee on Armed Forces, House of PCommons, March 2001

In 2002, Percy submitted for information held about her by the government under the Data Protection Act 1998. The MDP admitted that it held a "considerable amount of data" on Percy, but also that it was "so much" and scattered around its filing cabinets, that it would take "too much effort to dig it out". They suggested that she could identify specific incidents to narrow down their search for documents. She did so, but again the MDP refused to retrieve the information, arguing that the documents on her were exempted from release, as they contained "sensitive information" to help in the "prevention and detection of crime"., The Guardian, 7 September 2002

In 2002, Percy spoke at Levellers Day. She was a speaker at the Global Network 2008 conference,, 11–13 April 2008, Omaha, Nebraska, US, Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space and the European Humanist Conference, European Humanist Forum, Milan, Italy

In 2008, Percy gave evidence to a Parliamentary inquiry into police tactics. Human Rights Joint Committee, House of Commons website, March 2001 She subsequently stated "It is becoming increasingly difficult to get satisfaction through the formal processes of our democracy.", UK Liberty website, October 2008

She rallied support for the hunger strike of Czech activist Jan Tamas who, along with Jan Bednar, were protesting the Ground-Based Midcourse Defense facility at Brdy., Europe for Peace website

Percy was a supporter of and participant in the 2009 World March for Peace and Non-Violence. of World March for Peace and Non-Violence


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