Police & Crime Bill

ALISON RESPONDS TO THE POLICE, CRIME, SENTENCING & COURTS BILL

The Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill sadly fails on a number of levels.

I’m very worried the Tories have placed more emphasis on protecting statues, rather than protecting women, as well as clamping down on legitimate forms of protest.

Although it was a vigil for Sarah Everard and not a protest, the scenes from Clapham should have been a red warning light to the UK Government not to rush through divisive laws to crack down on the right to protest.

The right to protest is fundamental in a democratic society. I strongly oppose the suggestion that the police should have more powers to restrict protest activity. It is not for the police to make a determination as to what counts as legitimate or appropriate protest. Under these proposals even pensioners, worried and protesting about their TV licence, could be criminalised.

As the People’s Commissioner I will always support your right to be heard.