Women should not have to pay coronavirus fines over Sarah Everard vigil, Harriet Harman says


Harriet Harman, who is also the former solicitor general for England and Wales, told The Independent a “lack of clarity” over the legality of protest under lockdown laws could not continue.

“Prosecution decisions are independent but I don’t want to see any woman paying a fine in relation to breaching coronavirus regulations after Clapham,” the Labour MP said. “No one can argue there was any certainty on criminal law on this.”

She was speaking ahead of a report by parliament’s Joint Committee on Human Rights on coronavirus laws and the right to protest.

Public evidence sessions revealed different views between police officers, lawyers and human rights experts on whether demonstrations are legal in England’s current lockdown.


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