Responding to the votes on the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill today, Liberal Democrat Home Affairs Spokesperson Alistair Carmichael MP said: “The Conservatives have struck another blow against our fundamental democratic rights, but the fight isn’t over.
“Priti Patel’s Protest Crackdown Laws are dangerous and draconian. They are part of the Conservative Government’s attempts to silence any opposition to its policies.
“Liberal Democrats will keep fighting to stop these anti-democratic laws when the Bill returns to the House of Lords.”
Human rights campaigners at Liberty called the protest laws in the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill “Heavy-handed crackdowns on protest [which] grind democracy to a halt and violate our fundamental human rights.” Read their full analysis here.