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Will anything kill the bill? –The APPG’s inquiry into police conduct and the Clapham Vigil and Bristol Protests

Will anything kill the bill? -The APPG’s inquiry into police conduct and the Clapham Vigil and Bristol Protests

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By Francesca Kirby
22 July 2021

Both of these events attracted widespread media attention and questions were raised as to the tactics deployed by police in managing the events.3 An inquiry was launched by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Democracy and the Constitution (APPGDC). 4 The report, published on 1 July 2021, has only added to the criticism of the policing response and highlighted concerns about the PCSC bill.

The APPGDC’s report

What is the bill proposing to change?

Despite the criticisms, there have been no changes to the substance of the provisions on protest law as the bill has progressed through parliament.

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Francesca Kirby

Francesca has a busy criminal practice defending and prosecuting a broad range of offences in the Crown Court and Magistrates Court. This has included appearing in cases involving violence, sexual offences, drugs, dishonesty and confiscation proceedings. She has experience in representing vulnerable clients, including youths and those with mental health issues.

Looking forward

The bill is now currently in the House of Lords, having passed its first reading. If the dramatic events of the Clapham Vigil, the Bristol protests and the subsequent findings of the APPGDC were not enough to make members of parliament supporting the bill pause for thought, the question arises, will anything kill the bill?

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  1. Police Crime Sentencing and Courts Bill; HL Bill 40 (as introduced); 6 July 2021; Clauses 55-56
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