Labour to oppose bill giving police more powers to crack down on protests


Announcement comes amid anger over how officers handled London vigil for Sarah Everard

Labour will oppose a new law handing police and the home secretary greater powers to crack down on protests, it has announced amid anger at how officers broke up a vigil for Sarah Everard.

David Lammy, the shadow justice secretary, said the 33-year-old’s killing had “instigated a national demand for action to tackle violence against women” and so it was “no time to be rushing through poorly thought-out measures to impose disproportionate controls on free expression”.

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