The Stevenage Liberal Democrats have called for the bill which takes away our freedoms to be stopped in its tracks.
In a letter to Stephen McPartland MP, Liberal Democrat spokesperson Lisa Nash for Stevenage urges the Conservative MP to “stop the dangerous and draconian Bill in its tracks”.
The letter from Lisa Nash comes in light of the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill being passed on its Second Reading in the House Of Commons.
The 300 page Bill would see sweeping powers given to the Home Office to restrict the right to protest, giving police new powers to disrupt protests, marches and assemblies, make it easier to criminalise organisers and participants and increase prison sentences for them.
Liberal Democrat Home Affairs Spokesperson Alistair Carmichael said:
“These new Conservative laws to crackdown on protests are dangerous and draconian.
“The right to peaceful assembly and protest is a fundamental human right. It has always been a crucial part of our democratic society.
“These new laws are part of the Conservative Government’s anti-democratic attempts to silence any opposition to its policies. Liberal Democrats in Parliament will fiercely fight them at every step of the way.”
Liberal Democrat spokesperson Lisa Nash for Stevenage added:
“Stephen McPartland must stop this Bill in its tracks, the attack on our nation’s protesting laws is an attack on our liberty.
“The weekend’s appalling events at the Clapham Vigil show why this Bill must be stopped in its tracks. They should force Priti Patel and Stephen McPartland to think again."