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MPs to debate petition relating to the rights to protest

22 April 2021

MPs will debate petition relating to the rights to protest on Monday 26 April. 

The debate will be led by Petitions Committee Member Matt Vickers MP.

MPs from all parties can take part and Kit Malthouse MP, Minister for Crime and Policing, will respond on behalf of the Government.

Petition: Do not restrict our rights to peaceful protest

The petition, which has more than 248,000 signatures, states:

"The right to peaceful assembly and protest are fundamental principles of any democracy and the proposed part of this bill that gives the police new powers to tackle disruptive peaceful protests should be removed from The Policing, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill."

In response to the petition, the Government said:

"The public order measures in the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill do not erode the public’s right to protest; the Government will not be removing these measures from the Bill."

What petitioners think 

Ahead of the debate, the Petitions Committee sought the views of petitioners on the potential impact of changes to powers to police protests through an online survey, and received more than 14,200 responses.

What are petitions debates? 

Petitions debates are 'general' debates which allow MPs from all parties to discuss the important issues raised by one, or more petitions, and put their concerns to Government Ministers.  

Further Information 

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