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Harlow Green Party ask you to object to controversial Police and Crime Bill

News / Thu 13th Jan 2022 am31 09:20am

HARLOW Green Party want Your Harlow readers to write to their MP objecting to the controversial  Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts bill.  HGP believe that to protest is a fundamental right within a democratic society and to remove it would be an affront to our basic human rights.  

Jamie Gilbert, leader of Harlow Green Party explains, “Under this new bill the peaceful protest held back in September through the town centre opposing the river Stort crossing would have been stopped and the members arrested with the possibility of facing a custodial sentence.  It’s utter madness.  The policing resources are already stretched to the limit and now this government want to use trained officers to stop  Joe Public using whatever methods they have available to object to this type of suppression.”

Yasmin Gregory, the prospective Green Party councillor for Old Harlow said “It is well documented how women in history have used this right to protest to ensure, amongst other things, that women are entitled to vote in their own right and not as their husband’s property. It is important that you remember this as you write to your MP.  Your Mother, Sister, Aunt, and Grandmother today are entitled to vote because women used their right to protest.” 

HGP have provided a template letter which sets out the reasons for opposing and objecting to the bill and are available to assist those that may not have access to the internet to put their views across to their MP.  

Please direct any enquiries to the HGP at [email protected]

Website: https://harlow.greenparty.org.uk/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HarlowGreenParty

Twitter: https://twitter.com/HarlowGP

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4 Comments for Harlow Green Party ask you to object to controversial Police and Crime Bill:

Andrew S
2022-01-13 11:58:55

This article make HGP sound like the Popular Peoples Front of Judea. It’s a very large bill, can you be more specific about the elements you object to please?

Jamie Gilbert
2022-01-13 12:23:20

Hi Andrew, Generally the entire bill is one of the worst police bills put forward. As mentioned in our statement are main areas of concern are around the new stop and search powers being proposed and also the criminalisation of many aspects of peaceful protest. If this bill was active in September then we would not have been able to protest against the Stort crossing proposal. Noise, locking on and anything deemed as a 'disruption' would be illegal facing up to 51 weeks in prison. Peaceful protest is a fundamental part of our society. Its the reason woman can vote as Yasmin mentioned. And it needs to be protected.

Kim Oconnor
2022-01-14 11:35:06

A right to peaceful protesting is our right. It's seems to me like another way of taking our freedom s away, so they can destroy the landscape, and make as much profit as possible. Who will stop theses people from doing this if not for local peaceful protesting and petition s. We would of lost every thing we fight for. SAVE OUR RIVER STORT.

Theman
2022-01-14 15:05:27

Funny how there is always an army of people ready to complain about almost anything. Yet very few who have better alternative plans that could work.

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